The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Michael R. Barrett
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon Defendant Dimitra Freeman's Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 14) and the Motion for Summary Judgment of Defendants Pete Dames, Joe Brinkman, Benjamin Sublett and Aaron Knapke (Doc. 16). Plaintiff has filed a Response in Opposition (Doc. 25) and Defendant Knapke filed a Reply (Doc. 26). This matter is now ripe for review.
I. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Plaintiff originally filed his complaint in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas on November 25, 2003 (Doc. 1, Exhibit A). Defendants filed a Notice of Removal to this Court on December 22, 2003 (Doc. 1). Plaintiff's complaint alleges the following:
Count 1 Malicious Prosecution Against Defendant Freeman;
Count 2 Abuse of Process Against Defendant Freeman;
Count 3 Defamation Against Dimitra Freeman;
Count 4 Libel Per Se Against Dimitra Freeman;
Count 5 Defamation Claims Against Defendants Brinkman and Knapke;
Count 6 Libel Per se Against Defendants Brinkman and Knapke;
Count 7 Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Against Defendants Freeman, Knapke and Brinkman;
Count 8 Tortious Interference With a Business Relationship Against Freeman, Knapke and Brinkman; and
Count 9 Civil Conspiracy Against Defendants Freeman, Knapke, Brinkman, Sublett and Dames.
Upon review of Defendants motions for summary judgment, in his memorandum in opposition, Plaintiff withdrew all of his claims as to Freeman, Brinkman, Sublett and Dames. Plaintiff also withdrew his claims as to Knapke on Counts 8 and 9. Thus, the ...