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Tort/Negligence – Slander of Title – Real Property – Co-Owner’s Mortgage – Damages – Attorney’s Fees – Punitive Damages (access required)

Solley v. Navy Federal Credit Union, Inc. Where the defendant-bank’s slander of plaintiff’s title - recording a mortgage based on a loan made solely to plaintiff’s ex-boyfriend - compelled plaintiff to hire a lawyer and litigate the matter, then plaintiff’s damages include her attorney’s fees. We affirm the special referee’s decision in part, but we reverse his exclusion of plaintiff’s attorney’s fees from the calculation of her damages. Since we remand for a recalculation of actual damages, we also remand for a recalculation of punitive damages.

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