Thursday, May 10, 2007

Educational Testing Service v. Hildebrant (Ct. of Appeals)

Filed: May 10, 2007—Opinion by Judge Irma Raker

Hildebrant sued Educational Service ("ETS") for malicious defamation and breach of contract after ETS concluded that Hildebrant had not followed mandatory testing procedures and canceled her test scores. According to Hildebrant, ETS breached its contract with her by failing to “"fairly and accurately report her leadership assessment scores" to the Montgomery County Board of Education. The Court of Special Appeals had earlier reversed summary judgment on the breach of contract claim and remanded for further proceedings based on an affidavit by Hildebrant denying that she failed to follow testing procedures.

The Court of Appeals disagreed on the ground that an affidavit that presents a general, conclusory denial of misconduct is not sufficient to establish a genuine dispute of material fact as to whether a testing proctor acted in bad faith. The Court ruled that the trial judge was correct in granting summary judgment for ETS where Hildebrant acknowledged her acceptance of the contract with ETS and did not create a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Baker had acted in bad faith. The decision by the CSA was reversed with instructions to remand.

The full opinion is available in PDF.

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