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Defamation Law
 
Stephen Barrett, M.D. v. The Catacombs Press, James R. Privitera, M.D., Alan Stang, M.A., Darlene Sherrell, and CDS Networks, Inc.

Diversity of Citizenship Defamation Claim - Plaintiff, a psychiatrist and resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania, brought suit for defamation. Since 1969, plaintiff has been involved in investigating and dealing with many aspects of quackery, health frauds, misinformation and consumer strategy. He has been responsible for writing, co-authoring or editing over 200 publications relation to consumer h... More...   $0 (04-12-1999 - PA)

Allison Krupski v. Daily Camera, et al.

Defamation - Plaintiff claimed that she was defamed in at least four articles by saying she took $15,000 worth of documents relating to the JonBenet Ramsey murder case when Krupski resigned from the paper in December 1997.... More...   $115000 (03-25-1999 - CO)

James M. Kraemer v. Jeffrey M. Harding and Patricia A. Harding, John Lundberg and Janet Lundberg

Defamation - During the 1992-93 school year, plaintiff was employed by the Lebanon school district as a bus driver on the route that served defendants' children. Defendants Janet Lundberg (Mrs. Lundberg), Jonathan Lundberg (Mr. Lundberg), and Patricia Harding (Dr. Harding) testified that their children complained about plaintiff almost every day. Mrs. Lundberg spoke with other mo... More...   $207887 (03-17-1999 - OR)

Sand Mountain Funeral Home, Inc. v. Tom Wilson

On March 2, 1995, Sand Mountain Funeral Home, Inc., ("Sand Mountain") sued Wilson, a former employee, alleging conversion and breach of fiduciary duties. Sand Mountain also claimed that Wilson had conspired to devalue the corporate stock and had used corporate funds to purchase stocks in his name. Wilson counterclaimed, alleging that Sand Mountain had breached its contract with him regarding stock... More...   $41550 (03-05-1999 - AL)

American Financial Mortgage Corporation v. Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company

Defamation - Title company issued a memo saying that American Financial Mortgage Corporation was in potential financial difficulty when, due to a clerical error, an insufficient funds check was issued. Recipients of the memo issued additional memos indicating that American Financial was financially unstable or closing. As a result of the distribution of incorrect information about its financial ... More...   $15000000 (03-03-1999 - PA)

American Financial Mortgage Corporation v. Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company

Defamation - Title company issued a memo saying that American Financial Mortgage Corporation was in potential financial difficulty when, due to a clerical error, an insufficient funds check was issued. Recipients of the memo issued additional memos indicating that American Financial was financially unstable or closing. As a result of the distribution of incorrect information about its financial ... More...   $15000000 (03-03-1999 - PA)

Kevin Wilson v. IBP, Inc. and Diane Arndt

Defamation - An injured former employee sued his employer and the employer's nurse for defamation when the company nurse told employee's examining physician that the employee was faking his injury, and that the company had video proof. The company had no video proof.... More...   $15004000 (02-17-1999 - IA)

Kevin Wilson v. IBP, Inc. and Diane Arndt

Defamation - Briefly, Wilson was an employee of IBP when he filed a workers' compensation claim for job injuries. IBP's occupational health nurse, Diane Arndt, told Wilson's doctor that IBP had a videotape showing Wilson was faking his injuries. IBP in fact had no such videotape.

Wilson sued IBP and Ar... More...   $15004000 (02-17-1999 - IA)

Cuban American National Foundation v. Wayne Smith

Defamation - The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) claimed that Wayne Smith, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, made a defamatory statement during the course of an interview given for a PBS documentary entitled "Campaign for Cuba," which looked at the political influence of groups, including CANF, and their role in shaping United States policy toward Cuba. During the program, Smith ... More...   $40000 (02-03-1999 - FL)

Cuban American National Foundation v. Wayne Smith

The Cuban American National Foundation ("CANF") filed this suit for defamation against Smith, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, based on a statement Smith made during the course of an interview given for a PBS documentary entitled "Campaign for Cuba." The documentary dealt with the anti-Castro movement in the Cuban-American exile community and described the activities of the CAN... More...   $40000 (02-03-1999 - FL)

R. Michael Hall et al. v. James G. Harker

Defamation - Malicious Prosecution - In 1986, Dudley Taylor, a real estate broker, went to work for Troy Investment Fund as marketing director for Troy's real estate development projects in southern California. Taylor signed a series of one-page contracts for base salary plus commission per unit sold, but he claimed Troy's Chief executive officer, plaintiff, also orally promised him a bonus commi... More...   $0 (01-29-1999 - CA)

Esenyie, et al. v. Udofia, et al.

Defamation - Church - Members of a church organization sued each other for slanderous statements made to the congregation.... More...   $3000000 (01-29-1999 - GA)

CURTIS E. COOKE v. THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND J. MARK MACKEY

This case grows out of events surrounding the termination of Curtis Cooke as an insurance agent for Equitable Life. Mackey was Cooke 's immediate supervisor. Cooke became an Equitable agent in 1968. He subsequently became a licensed insurance broker and began offering a wide range of products from different companies to his clients. In 1986 he began having reservations about the financia... More...   $625000 (01-15-1999 - PA)

Foster Steam Turbine, et al. v. General Electric Co., et al.

Defamation - Plaintiff claimed that his reputation and consulting business, Foster Steam Turbine Consultants, ltd.., were damaged when he was banned from General Electrics property. Plaintiff claimed that company officials criticized him in memos and to his clients. Plaintiff formed his company when he was laid off in May, 1995 but he was cutoff from the company when the company officials accuse... More...   $0 (01-05-1999 - NH)

Leonard N. Flamm v. American Association of University Women and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

Libel and slander - Plaintiff filed suit for defamation based upon a listing in a directory published by defendants which contained a statement that "At least on plaintiff has described Flamm as an "ambulance chaser" with interest only in "slam dunk cases.""... More...   $0 (12-17-1998 - NY)

Richard K. Taylor, Individually and for the benefit of Barbara J. Taylor, his wife v. The International Union of Electronic, Electronical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO (UIE)

Defamation - The plaintiff was a former union employee of the defendant and filed suit claiming defamation of character and tortious interference. The plaintiff had retired early from the union and received early retirement benefits from defendant. Plaintiff was a union organizer. Plaintiff discovered that defendant and the Teamsters Union were trying to organize a union at the Philips Lighting ... More...   $0 (12-04-1998 - KS)

Pearl F. Morse, et al. v. Kevin Schwartz

Defamation - Plaintiffs sued defendant, who was one of seventy prople who petitioned the Town of Plattekill to examine certain violations of the Town's zoning laws by businesses operating within the Town, including Plaintiffs' business. After trial by the Court, the Court found that Defendant had a First Amendment right to express his grievance before the Town Board and Government officials.

... More...   $5342 (12-04-1998 - NY)

Neogen Corporation v. Arthur J. Trickey d/b/a Manufacturing Contractors, Inc., et al.

Federal trademark infringement, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, unjust enrichment claims, and defamation/disparagement claims asserted by Plaintiff Neogen Corporation. Plaintiff Neogen Corporation claimed trademark rights to the trademark "Gold Nugget" for its line of quality, over-the-counter equine care products. Defendant Arthur J. Trickey counter-claimed, asserting a ... More...   $0 (11-24-1998 - MI)

Milagaros Morante and Glen Morante v. American General Financial Center

Debt collection. Plaintiffs, as consumers, brought this action against defendant finance company and related parties with regard to claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Debt Collection Act and for defamation and breach of contract. Plaintiff ordered a satellite dish from a retailer who sold her note to the defendants who commenced collection efforts notwithstanding plaintiffs claim... More...   $93500 (10-22-1998 - TX)

Richard R. Schlegel, II and Jeri Schlegel v. The Ottumwa Courier, A Division of Lee Enterprises Incorporated

Defamation - Richard and his wife, Jeri, sued the Courier and its editor-in-chief, Russell Cunningham for incorrectly reporting that Richard had declared bankruptcy. Richard claimed the paper defamed him causing him humiliation and damages to his reputation. Jeri claimed loss of consortium. Witnesses testifed that they saw the incorrect bankruptcy notice and never saw a front-page correction.... More...   $380000 (10-21-1998 - IA)

Melaleuca, Inc. v. Hulda Regehr Clark and Hulda Regehr Clark v. Superior Court of San Diego County,

Libel and Slander - Melaleuca is in the business of selling a line of personal hygiene, cosmetic, household cleaning, over-the-counter pharmaceutical, nutrition and pet care products. Most of the 110 products it markets contain tea tree oil derived from leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia, a tree which grow... More...   $1550000 (09-29-1998 - CA)

James Barnes, et al. v. James Outlaw, Jr., et al.

Counseling malpractice - breach of fiduciary duty, invasion of privacy, "false light" invasion of privacy and defamation claims. Defendant James Outlaw was the pastor of the Church of Jesus, a non-profit religious organization located in Phoenix. His son Andrew was the associate pastor. Plaintiffs Rose Mary Martinez-Barnes, Naomi Martinez Outlaw, and Isaac Martinez are siblings, all members of ... More...   $0 (09-18-1998 - AZ)

Nipple-Up, Inc. v. Bop Lifts, Inc., et al.

Corporate defamation - details unknown.... More...   $0 (08-31-1998 - OK)

Ann Lang Fitzgerald v. Thomas C. Tucker et ux.

Substance abuse counselor sued chairman of state of certification board, alleging defamation and tortious interference with contract.... More...   $106600 (07-29-1998 - LA)

Christopher Scanlon v. Gil Kessler, Bruce Marcus, John Weis, and Gay Male S/M Activits

Copyright Infringement, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Breach of Contract and Defamation Claims by former member of Gay Male S/M Activists from 1987 to 1996 who claimed that defendants used photographs taken by plaintiff at various GMSMA events. In early 1995, defendant Kessler gave two photographs to Theodore Heaney to accompany an article Heaney was writing for Checkmate magazine. Kessler never inf... More...   $1000 (07-09-1998 - NY)

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