This week, local news site nola.com again reported on the federal lawsuit filed by former Parish President Taffaro against St. Bernard Parish and several of its high-ranking officials. The firm represents several St. Bernard Parish employees in that lawsuit.
In the article, the reporter quoted extensively from Gregory Rome’s memorandum supporting his clients’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit:
Gregory Rome, the attorney representing most of the other parish government personnel named in the suit, argued that “Mr. Taffaro’s complaint tries to paint a picture of a Parish Government riddled with sinister actors working in the dark to destroy him.”
“Instead, it reveals Mr. Taffaro grasping at straws, carping about seemingly every real or imagined slight he has ever received, and desperately trying to justify his own bad behavior through the use of the federal courts,” Rome wrote.
Rome later argues that Taffaro’s complaint “piles paragraph upon paragraph of scandalous, irrelevant, and derogatory accusations in hopes that something will stick and that, perhaps if he blows enough smoke, the Court will infer the possibility of fire.”
Rome adds, “defamation requires more than an allegation that someone did something Mr. Taffaro did not like.”