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Defamation Law
The Procter & Gamble Company, et al. v. Amway Corporation, et al.

P&G manufactures and distributes numerous household products. Since the late 1970's and early 1980's, rumors of links to Satanism have circulated throughout the United States. A common version alleges that P&G's president admitted to worshiping Satan on a television talk show and that a portion of P&G's profits goes to the church of Satan. The rumor has circulated in the form of voicemail messages... More...   $0 (01-18-2002 - TX)

Mark K. Patton, M.D. v. Lynn Jacob Cox

In this diversity action, we must decide whether a witness in a state quasi-judicial proceeding is immune from a breach of contract action arising out of his testimony.


Dr. Mark K. Patton practices medicine in Arizona. He and his former wife, Shellie Trembath, divorced in 1994 and are embroiled in a bitter and protracted child-custody battle, which is taking place in a Utah state c... More...   $0 (01-07-2002 - AZ)

Sports Unlimited, Inc. v. Lankford Enterprises, Inc.

Sports Unlimited, Inc. brought suit against Lankford Enterprises, Inc., presenting several theories for relief, all based on allegations that Defendant had caused Plaintiff to lose business and had injured its business reputation.(1) Jurisdiction in the district court was claimed under both 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 & 1332; Plaintiff also invoked the court's supplemental jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 136... More...   $0 (01-04-2002 - KS)

Norma Livsey v. Salt Lake County

Norma Livsey, Kipp Livsey, and Kelly Livsey brought this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Salt Lake County and Jim Potter, a County police officer. The complaint alleged that the plaintiffs' constitutional rights were infringed by a statement by Potter published in a local newspaper about the sexual behavior of a deceased member of the plaintiffs' family and by the County's failure to grant t... More...   $0 (12-26-2001 - UT)

Robert Tayar v. Palmer Communications, Inc.,

This case was a defamation action. Robert Tayar was the owner of Molly Murphy's restaurant in Oklahoma City. Two women separately won from a local radio station complimentary gift certificates valued at $25.00 redeemable at Molly Murphy's restaurant. The restaurant refused to permit the women to use both certificates on the same evening. The women called Channel 4's action line with their compla... More...   $700000 (12-17-2001 - OK)

Glenn K. Jackson, Inc. v. Richard Roe, Stuart, Maue, Mitchell & James

Glenn K. Jackson, Inc., d.b.a. Jackson & Donahue, and Glenn K. Jackson individually (collectively "J&D") appeal the district court's granting of summary judgment in favor of Stuart, Maue, Mitchell & James ("Stuart Maue") in J&D's diversity action seeking relief under California law. The action arises out of an audit conducted by Stuart Maue of J&D's billing statements sent to Golden Eagle In... More...   $0 (12-11-2001 - CA)

Lockwood International, B.V. v. North River Insurance Company and Fidelity and Guaranty Insurance Company

This diversity suit, based on Wisconsin law, presents a novel but potentially quite important issue of insurance law: whether a liability insurer, asked to defend (or pay the defense costs in) a suit against its insured that contains some claims that are covered by the insurance policy and others that are not, can limit its responsibility to defend by paying the plaintiff in the liabilit... More...   $0 (12-06-2001 - WI)

Combs & Associates, Inc. v. Curtis Kennedy, et al.

Plaintiff initiated this action against defendants on 26 January 1999. In its amended complaint, plaintiff presents claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, two counts of tortious interference with a contract, defamation, breach of employee duty of loyalty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, civil conspiracy and punitive damages. Following discovery, plaintiff moved for summary judgment ag... More...   $0 (12-04-2001 - NC)

Golden Eagle Insurance Corp. v. Rocky Cola Cafe, Inc., et al.

Krista Bollman sued Rocky Cola Café, Wally Curry, a partner in the business, and shift managers Christopher Vitolo and Angela Henderson. Her complaint asserted causes of action for sexual harassment, retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, wrongful termination and negligent hiring and supervision.

The complaint alleged that a s... More...   $0 (12-04-2001 - CA)

Mark A. Williams Sr. v. Jackson County, Missouri

Mark A. Williams, Sr., appeals from the district court’s dismissal with prejudice of his Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 claims, and the dismissal without prejudice of his defamation claim. We reverse in part and affirm in part.

On October 12, 1999, Mr. Williams was terminated from his position as a corrections officer for the Jackson County Department of Corrections, allegedly for fa... More...   $0 (12-04-2001 - MO)

Oscar Stilley v. Margaret James, et al.

Appellant Oscar Stilley appeals the Sebastian County Circuit Court's order granting appellees Margaret James, Rick Grinnan, Linda Varnado, and Alban Varnado's motion for summary judgment. For reversal, appellant argues that it was error for the trial court to grant appellees' motion for summary judgment. As this matter involves an issue involving an attorney in the practice of law, this Court's ju... More...   $0 (11-29-2001 - AR)

Tanya L. Baker v. District of Columbia

Tanya L. Baker filed a complaint in Superior Court against appellee, District of Columbia, for mental distress, slander and defamation of character. Baker, an employee with the District’s Department of Corrections (DOC), alleged in the complaint that Ronald McClain, then Chief of DOC’s Office of Policies and Procedures, wrote a memorandum to the Director of the agency stating that ... More...   $0 (11-29-2001 - DC)

Donovan Walker v. Bill John Kiousis

Civil Code section 47 provides generally that statements made in the course of an official proceeding are absolutely privileged. Those statements therefore cannot serve as a basis for civil liability. Civil Code section 47.5, however, creates an exception, allowing a peace officer to bring a defamation action against an individual who knowingly and maliciously files a false complaint about the ... More...   $0 (11-29-2001 - CA)

Gary Walton v. Nalco Chemical Company

Plaintiff Gary Walton challenges various rulings which led the district court to dismiss his state-law claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress against his former employer, Nalco Chemical Company (Nalco), and to disallow his motion to amend the complaint to include a defamation claim under Maine law.

In its cross-appeal, Nalco challenges various evidentiary rulings, as well as t... More...   $1557872 (11-28-2001 - ME)

International Armor & Limousine Company v. Moloney Coachbuilders, Inc. v. Earle F. Moloney, et al.

Earle F. Moloney owes his fame and fortune to success in the limousine, armored car, and custom auto rebuilding business. In 1986 he sold his limousine assets, together with the name "Moloney Coach Builders", to Jacques Moore, who incorporated Moloney Coachbuilders, Inc., to carry on the business. Earle agreed not to compete for five years in the stretch limousine business but reserved ... More...   $0 (11-26-2001 - IL)

Eugene Francisconi v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

1 Eugene Francisconi appeals the district court's grant of summary judgment dismissing his claims of breach of employment contract, defamation, infliction of emotional distress, and fraud against Union Pacific Railroad Co. (Union Pacific). He also appeals the district court's denial of his motions to strike Union Pacific's amended memorandum in support of its motion for summary judgment and exhibi... More...   $0 (11-16-2001 - UT)

Steven John Theisen vs. Covenant Medical Center, Inc.

Steven Theisen was fired from his job as security manager for Covenant Medical Center because, after he was suspected of making an obscene phone call to another employee, he refused to submit to voice print analysis to confirm or refute the accusation. Theisen sued Covenant for wrongful discharge. On Theisen's appeal from the district court's summary judgment for Covenant, the principal question i... More...   $0 (11-15-2001 - IA)

Jackson v. Rohm

Invasion of privacy and defamation claimed by a man against his employer for subjecting him to an embarrassing police style interrogation a co-worker with whom he had a tryst report to management that she had been raped.... More...   $150000 (11-06-2001 - PA)

Travis Rogers v. Ash Grove Cement Company, et al.

The plaintiff, Travis L. Rogers, filed a defamation and malicious prosecution suit against three creditors and their attorneys who had unsuccessfully sued him for fraud and racketeering under federal law arising out of a bankruptcy proceeding. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff’s petition on an exception of no cause of action, concluding that the plaintiff could not amend his petit... More...   $0 (11-02-2001 - LA)

D.A.R.E. v. Rolling Stone

D.A.R.E. America and Glenn A. Levant, its founder and President, brought suit against Rolling Stone Magazine for defamation arising out of an article entitled "Truth & D.A.R.E." and two Editor's Notes about the article and its author, Stephen Glass, published in July and August 1998. The district court granted Rolling Stone's motion for summary judgment in a published opinion. D.A.R.E. Ameri... More...   $0 (10-24-2001 - CA)

Sherman Loftis v. City of Eufaula, et al.

This action arose under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (“§ 1983"), 42 U.S.C. § 1985 (“§ 1985"), 42 U.S.C. § 1986 (“§ 1986") and the law of the State of Oklahoma, of the Defendant, for the intentional acts committed by the Defendants, the City of Eufaula, Mayor Bill Day, Chief Randy Johnston, Sgt. Mark Goodwin, and Sgt. Charles Hammett, an... More...   $250000 (10-17-2001 - OK)

Albert DeVito v. Edwarde Schwartz, et al.

In this defamation action, the counterclaim plaintiff, Edward Schwartz, appeals from the judgment rendered by trial court after the court denied his motion to set aside the verdict. On appeal, Schwartz claims that the court improperly denied his motion because the defamatory statements made by the counterclaim defendant, Albert DeVito, were slanderous per se, and, therefore, he was entitled... More...   $0 (10-16-2001 - CT)

Simmons v. Allstate Insurance Company

California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code Civ. Proc., § 425.16 [all further unspecified statutory references are to this code]) allows dismissal, at an early stage, of a lawsuit designed primarily to chill the exercise of First Amendment rights.1 It permits a special motion to strike any cause of action designed to deter acts in furtherance of a person’s right of petition or free spee... More...   $0 (10-12-2001 - CA)

Donna Lynne Miller v. W. Warren Hogeland, et al.

Plaintiff Donna Lynne Miller ("Plaintiff" or "Miller") filed this action on January 28, 2000, against District Justice H. Warren Hogeland ("Hogeland"), individually and in his official capacity, and the County of Bucks (collectively the "Defendants"). Miller, a Clerk Court Administrator ("CCA") with Hogeland's Court, alleges that Defendants terminated her employment in violation of the Civil Right... More...   $0 (10-11-2001 - PA)

Cheryl Ruffin-Steinback, et al. v. Suzanne dePasse, et al.

In November of 1998, National Broadcasting Company ("NBC") aired a four-hour mini-series depicting the Temptations as recounted in a novel written by Otis Williams, a founding member of the legendary recording group. Plaintiffs in this action include Cheryl Ruffin-Steinback, individually and as representative of the estate of Davis E. Ruffin, lead singer of the group from 1964 to 1968 who was know... More...   $0 (09-28-2001 - MI)

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