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Defamation Law
 
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)

Denny J. Beroiz, et al. v. Tony Wahl, et al.

In a defamation action by appellants Denny J. Berioz, Robert Delmer, and Samuel T. Rees, the trial court granted motions for summary judgment by defendants and respondents Elena Gladys Alamo Janine, Therese Marian, and Tony Wahl. We affirm.

RELEVANT FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

On July 17, 1997, appellants filed their complaint against respondents, as well as Charlotte Boddeker, ... More...   $0 (10-30-2000 - CA)

Adnan Sardar Vs. Abraham Esquenazi, Individually and d/b/a Delta Trading International

This case involved an alleged breach of employment agreement. Sardar alleged he had an oral employment agreement with Esquenazi, and defendant Esquenazi failed to pay plaintiff according to terms of oral employment agreement. Defendant brought a counterclaim for breach of the agreement and for defamation.... More...   $48750 (10-30-2000 - TX)

Doe v. Howe Military School

The two Jane Does before us in this case claim that they suffered from a variety of forms of sexual harassment, abuse, and fraud when they attended Howe Military School, in Howe, Indiana, in the early 1990s. They relied on Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. sec.sec. 1681-88, and a variety of state law theories to support their claims. The district court dismissed all... More...   $0 (09-21-2000 - IN)

Clark v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Defamation and invasion of privacy claims by a former Wal-Mart worker whose home was raided by company employees and police. The employees and policy went to plaintiff's home and seized more than 400 items that they claimed were stolen by plaintiff from Wal-Mart. The items, which included computer equipment, electronic devices, and tools were placed in plaintiff's front yard. Clark had a busine... More...   $1650000 (09-07-2000 - AR)

McClure v. American Family Mutural Insurance Company

This case grows out of the termination of Mary McClure and Gary Kemp as agents for American Family Mutual Insurance Company after they lobbied for insurance legislation which the company opposed. McClure and Kemp sued American Family, related companies, and company officers for breach of contract, defamation, and other torts. The district court1 granted summary judgment to the defendants on all... More...   $0 (08-21-2000 - MN)

Gerald W. Grant vs. Stop N Go Market

False Imprisonment and Defamation of Character - Plaintiff was accused of stealing a bag of chips and was held until the police arrived. He was then released after the police arrived and apprised of the situtation. ... More...   $0 (08-18-2000 - TX)

Darrell W. McEver and Gabriel W. McEver v. Greenleaf Technologies Corp., et al.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty - Defamation - Securities - Plaintiff Darrell McEver was previously director and an officer of the defendant company. He contends he was removed from the company by the defendants when they cancelled his restricted shares and options in the company.

Defendants alleged that Plaintiff tried to illegally sell the shares on the market in violation of securities laws and f... More...   $3000000 (06-26-2000 - TX)

Gaylor Broadcasting Company and Angela Hale v. Robert W. Francis

Justice Hecht, dissenting from the denial of the petition for review.

The petition for review in this defamation case appears to raise significant issues important to Texas jurisprudence that should be presented on full briefing and argument. Because the Court summarily denies the petition, I respectfully dissent.

The facts _ which, absent a record and full briefi... More...   $0 (06-08-2000 - TX)

Maxwell Thompson vs. Joseph M. Perlman, MD

Defamation of Character... More...   $0 (05-16-2000 - TX)

Morrison & Foerster v. Brian Wick and American Distribution Systems, Inc.

Anticybersquatting Consumer Potection Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125, action brought by Morrison & Foerster against Brian Wick and American Distribution Systes, Inc. seeking injunctive and monteary damage against defendants for cybersquatting and cyberpiracy. Cybersquatting involves the registration as domain names of well-known trademarks by non-trademark holders who then try to sell the names back to the ... More...   $0 (04-19-2000 - CO)

Ru Paster v. Gonzaga University, a Washington Non-profit corporation, et al.

Defamation - Negligence - Breach of Educational Contract - Violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - On October 5, 1993, Roberta League, the certificate specialist in Gonzaga's school of education, overheard Gonzaga student Julia Lynch telling a friend the following: (W)hen I was an RA, my resident, (Jane Doe), was in obvious physical pain. She couldn't eat, she couldn't... More...   $1155000 (03-31-2000 - WA)

Neogen Corporation v. Vicam L.P. and Jack Radlo

Declaratory Judgment of Patent Non-infringement and Tort Claim - In 1996, Vicam and its president, Radlo sent a letter to approximately 100 companies and other entities alleging that one of Neogen's diagnostic tests, an aflatoxin detection product, infringed two patents licensed to Vicam. The Defendants'letter falsely accused Neogen of patent infringement, and threatened to take legal action agai... More...   $0 (03-28-2000 - FL)

Blaine Larsen Processing, Inc. et al. v. Hapco Farms, Inc.

Defamation ... More...   $11200000 (03-17-2000 - ID)

Blaine Larsen Processing, Inc. et al. v. Hapco Farms, Inc.

Defamation - The allegations made by the plaintiff and the defenses asserted by the defendant are unknown at this time.... More...   $11200000 (03-17-2000 - ID)

Glen Storm v. Allied Universal Corp. and robert Namoff

Wrongful termination - Violation of Florida Wiretapping Laws - Defamation - Plaintiff was injured at work but could not get proper care for his injuries and hired an attorney. Shortly thereafter, he was called into his boss' office and fired. A false police report was also filed against him accusing him to stealing company property.

Defendants asserted that Storm was terminated because he di... More...   $916765 (03-17-2000 - FL)

Charles Grapski v. Peter Vlczek

Defamation - Plaintiff claimed that member of the leadership group Florida Blue Key wrongfully accused him of being a child molester during a student election campaign in 1995.... More...   $6000000 (03-14-2000 - FL)

Gabriel Martinez, et al. v. Scott Specialty Gases, Inc., et al.

Gabriel and Ann Martinez (individually Gabriel and Ann) brought this action against Gabriel’s former employee Scott Specialty Gases, Inc. (Scott), a Pennsylvania corporation with a facility in Fremont, California, Scott subsidiary Scott Semiconductor Gases, and Scott employee Paul Cowles (Cowles). Gabriel claimed unlawful termination in violation of public policy, defamation and misrepre... More...   $0 (03-03-2000 - CA)

Jamie Messenger v. Gruner + Jahr Printing & Publishing & Sally Lee

Diversity - New York Civil Rights Law Section 50 & 51 - Defamation - Intentional Affliction of Emotional Distress - Parental Consent - Negligence - Plaintiff, a 14-year-old aspiring Florida model, posed for a series of photographs in New York to appear in Young and Modern (YM), a magazine for teenage girls published by defendant Gruner + Jahr Printing. Plaintiff consented to the photo sho... More...   $100000 (02-17-2000 - NY)

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