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Defamation Law
Davis v. Board of Regents For Oklahoma State University

1 Plaintiff/Appellant Alice B. Davis (Plaintiff) seeks review of the trial court's order granting the motion for summary judgment of the Defendants/Appellees Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, Langston University, the individual regents by name, and Ernest L. Holloway, president of Langston, (collectively Defendants or by name) in Plaintiff... More...   $0 (04-27-2001 - OK)

Sandra Eathorne v. Board of Trustees of the Memorial Hospital of Carbon County, et al.

Wrongful termination - Plaintiff claimed that she was wrongfully terminated from her employment as a charge nurse in the intensive care unit at the Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in July, 1998. Her complaint alleged claims for defamation, intentional interference with contract, intentional interference with prospective advantage, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of the cov... More...   $0 (04-11-2001 - WY)

Ronald Keith Smith v. Des Moines Public Schools

Des Moines Independent Community School District ("the District") appeals from a final judgment entered in District Court2 for the Southern District of Iowa, following a jury verdict in favor of Ronald K. Smith, finding the District liable for defamation. Smith v. Des Moines Public School System, No. 4-98-CV-90368 (S.D.

Iowa June 1, 2000). For reversal, the District argues that (1) the dist... More...   $250000 (04-07-2001 - IA)

Ernest F. Albiero v. City of Kankakee, et al.

Ernest Albiero brought this action against the City of Kankakee, Mayor Donald Green, and other unknown agents of the City (collectively "the City"). He alleged that his right to equal protection of the laws had been violated when the City placed a "slum lord" sign on his property. The district court granted summary judgment for the City. For the reasons set forth in the following opinion, ... More...   $0 (04-05-2001 - IL)

Baglini v. Lauletta

Plaintiffs protested the development application made by UEC and Lauletta to construct office condominiums in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Displeased with these protests, UEC and Lauletta filed an action against plaintiffs sounding in defamation, interference with business advantage, and malicious use of process (the Lauletta complaint). Baron represented UEC and Lauletta in that action... More...   $0 (03-30-2001 - NJ)


Plaintiffs were arrested 6 November 1998 and each charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of two minors. The warrants alleged that plaintiffs “knowingly” did “cause, encourage and aid” the named juveniles “to commit an act, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes, and engage in a sex act, whereby that juvenile could be adjudicated delinquent.&#... More...   $0 (03-20-2001 - NC)

Kathy Reakes v. Florida Today

Defamation claim by former Florida Today reporter who claimed that she was accused of being a criminal and was fired by the newspaper after she and another report entered the apartment of an accused murder and took a list of telephone numbers. ... More...   $410500 (03-16-2001 - FL)

Meadows v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al.

Plaintiff/Meadows filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., two of its personnel, Wal-Mart’s security company and a security guard for assault and battery, defamation and malicious prosecution. Plaintiff prevailed upon the assault and battery and defamation claims, while Wal-Mart prevailed upon the malicious prosecution claim. In a post-trial motion, Plaintiff sought attorney fees, cont... More...   $0 (03-13-2001 - OK)

Gohari v. Darvish

DEFAMATION—QUALIFIED PRIVILEGE IN COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN FRANCHISOR/FRANCHISEE—The common law provides a qualified privilege to a franchisee who gives information about a former employee to his franchisor, at the franchisor’s request, where the former employee has applied for his or her franchise. This type of relationship fits into the common law qualified privilege to publish ... More...   $0 (02-23-2001 - MD)

Procter & Gamble Co. v. Amway Corp.

The Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") appeals the dismissal of its lawsuit against Amway Corporation and other defendants for defamation, fraud, and violations of the Lanham Act, RICO, and Texas state law.

P&G, a manufacturer and distributor of numerous household products, has been plagued by rumors of links to Satanism since the late 1970's or early 1980's. The most common variant of the rumo... More...   $0 (02-14-2001 - TX)

Meloff v. New York Life Insurance Company

After 27 years as an employee of New York Life Insurance Company ("New York Life"), Phyllis Meloff lost her job for billing seven months of personal commuting expenses to the company's American Express card and failing to reimburse the company. Her supervisor sent an electronic message ("e-mail"), eventually forwarded to 16 employees, stating Meloff was fired for defrauding the company. She sued, ... More...   $0 (02-14-2001 - NY)

Lora R. Manlove v. University of Central Oklahoma, et al.

Due Process, Breach of Contract, Negligence, Defamation and Misrepresentation Claims ... More...   $0 (02-05-2001 - OK)

Flair Communications Agency, Inc. v. David Flaherty, et al.

Breach of Employment Agreement; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Intentional Interference With Prospective Advantage and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Claims with Counterclaims for Breach of Employment Agreement (Wrongful Termination); Breach of Implied Contract To Pay Bonuses; Defamation; Interference With Prospective Advantage; and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

Fair Communicatio... More...   $1360000 (02-02-2001 - CA)

Franshawn Moore v. The Akron Beacon Journal

Defamation - Plaintiff claimed that she was defamed by an article published in Defendant's newspaper about a Salvation Army summer lunch program that provided free meals to children. The article included a photograph of Plaintiff's daughter on the front page of the paper and quoted Salvation Army workers who said that the children might not eat lunch if not for the free lunch program.... More...   $0 (01-26-2001 - OH)

Keeler v. Putnam Fiduciary Trust Co.

In May 1998, Keeler brought suit against Putnam in Massachusetts state court.(1) The complaint set forth six claims under Massachusetts law: intentional age discrimination (count I) and disparate-impact age discrimination (count II), Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 151B, § 4 (1998); retaliation following his complaint (count III), id. at §§ 4, 4(4); failure to investigate and remedy discrimination (count IV);... More...   $0 (01-17-2001 - MA)

Konop v. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

Robert Konop ("Konop") appeals: (1) the district court's grant of summary judgment against Konop on his claim that Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. ("Hawaiian") violated the Wiretap Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2520, and the Stored Communica-tions Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2710, by viewing Konop's secure website under false pretenses; (2) the district court's grant of summary judgment against Konop on his cla... More...   $0 (01-08-2001 - CA)

Weyrich v. The New Republic

Appellant Paul Weyrich appeals from an order of the District Court dismissing his suit for defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and civil conspiracy to defame. Weyrich's complaint asserts that he was defamed by an article, "Robespierre of the Right--What I Ate at the Revolution," authored by David Grann and published by The New Republic on October 27, 1997. The article is flo... More...   $0 (01-05-2001 - DC)

Eloy Garley v. Sandia Corporation

Plaintiff/Appellant Eloy Garley brought this action against Sandia Corporation (Sandia) in New Mexico State District Court on August 17, 1998 alleging six state law causes of action arising out of his employment at Sandia. Garley alleged: (1) breach of implied contract; (2) breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing; (3) retaliation; (4) civil conspiracy; (5) defamation; and (6) intentional... More...   $0 (01-03-2001 - NM)

John P. Conley v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, et al.

The trial court sustained a demurrer to the complaint of the Reverend John P. Conley (appellant) without leave to amend. Appellant contends that the trial court erred in finding that the complaint presented an ecclesiastical dispute not within the jurisdiction of civil authority. We conclude that judicial review of appellant’s causes of action is permissible in light of the strong compellin... More...   $0 (12-29-2000 - CA)

Dr. Sam D. Graham Jr. v. Dr. Jonathan R. Oppenheimer, et al.

Defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims relating to allegedly false statements made by the defendant about the plaintiff published in an anonymous Internet message.

According to the plaintiff, he resigned from his job at Emory in July 1998 to move to Richmond and enter private practice. On Feb. 7, 1999, the following message appeared on a Yahoo message board devoted... More...   $675000 (12-21-2000 - VA)

Kevin McBride v. PLM International

First Claim for Relief: Action for retaliation under Section 510 of ERISA (29 USC sec. 1140). The First Claim for Relief alleged that PLM had retaliated against plaintiff because (a) he opposed PLM's decision to terminate an Employee Stock Ownership Plan; and (b) he had filed a request for comments with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Second Claim For Relief: Action for wrongful discharge i... More...   $148500 (12-14-2000 - CA)

Tony Middlebrooks v. Todd Wolff

Defamation - Slander - Plaintiff claimed that defendant slandered him by calling WNNX-FM (99X) and asking DJ Jimmy Baron if he were gay and if he'd had an affirm with Middlebrooks. Wolff had been Middlebrooks boss at software company DP Solutions until shortly before the call to the radio station. Middlebrooks had filed a complaint with their employer alleging that Wolff had made a pass at Middl... More...   $280000 (12-13-2000 - GA)

Carolyn Kenney v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Defamation - Libel - Plaintiff claimed that Wal-Mart wrongfully displayed a photograph of her and her grandchild in its Lee's Summit store representing that the baby was missing. The child's mother denied that she gave the photograph to Wal-Mart at the father of the child failed to return it to her after a visitation. Plaintiff claimed that her reputation was harmed by the posting and that Wal-M... More...   $425833 (12-04-2000 - MO)

Vicki Unruh v. MedAmerica and Mid-America Health Centers, Inc. d/b/a Highland Manor

Retaliatory Discharge and Defamation - Plaintiff claimed that defendants tried to blame her for the death of a nursing home resident and then fired her when she reported the incident. Plaintiff believed that a resident had strangled to death as a result of being improperly restrained and was told not to chart the incident until the director of nursing returned.

Defendants denied wrongdoing.... More...   $900000 (11-13-2000 - KS)

David A. DeLong v. Yu Enterprises, Inc.

Defendant is part owner of a corporation that operates motels in Springfield. Plaintiff worked as a manager in one of those motels. Plaintiff and defendant became embroiled in a dispute, the details of which are not pertinent. Defendant became upset and fired plaintiff. Defendant then went to the Springfield Police Department and told an officer that, during the time that plaintiff managed t... More...   $0 (11-01-2000 - OR)

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