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Defamation Law
 
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)

David G. Renaud v. Wyoming Department of Family Services, et al.

Plaintiff David G. Renaud brought this action in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming for wrongful termination of his employment as superintendent of the Wyoming Boys' School. He asserted seven claims for relief. His first claim was that Defendant Wyoming Department of Family Services violated the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA], More...   $0 (02-08-2000 - WY)

Kelly Smith v. Bates Technical College, et al.

Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy - Defamation - Violation of First Amendment Rights - Bates Technical College (Bates) is a vocational-technical institution operated by the State of Washington. Bates employed Kelly Smith as a traffic programmer for its on-site television station, KBTC-TV, from February 1986 until February 1994. While employed at Bates, Smith was a state technical ... More...   $0 (01-27-2000 - WA)

Stanley LaFlamme v. Essex Junction School District and Essex Junction Prudential Committee

42 U.S.C. 1983 - Violation of Right to Procedural Due Process - This controversy arose when the Essex Junction Prudential Committee, which functions as the school board for the Village of Essex Junction, publicly "censured" LaFlamme, who had been elected to the Prudential Committee in May 1994. Conflict and tension between LaFlamm... More...   $100000 (01-21-2000 - VT)

Edward C. Greer v. Blair Keth Peshak, individually and d/b/a Easterwood Avionics

Defamation - Malicious Prosecution - Trespass to Aircraft - This controversy arose from an inspection of Blair Peshak's airplane by Edward Greer and two other inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration. Peshak later wrote at least two letters complaining that Greer had broken into his airplane. Greer sued Peshak and Peshak counterclaimed.

Peshak owns and operates his own airplane, ... More...   $103500 (01-06-2000 - TX)

Ruth Bendl v. Loren Parks, et al.

Defamation - Employment - According to the evidence, plaintiff and defendant Loren Parks have been active in placing measures on the ballot for Oregon voters. Parks has provided considerable financial support for those efforts, and plaintiff is an accomplished signature gatherer for the petitions that have been filed to place measures on the ballot. In 1993, the two developed a friendship, and the... More...   $0 (01-05-2000 - OR)

Robert W. Francis v. Gaylord Broadcasting Company, and Angela Hale.

Defamation - Robert W. Francis, a criminal district court judge in Dallas County, sued Gaylord Broadcasting Company, and Angela Hale for defamation arising out of a series of news stories broadcast on KTVT Channel 11 regarding the work habits of Dallas County criminal district court judges. Gaylord owns television station KTVT. Hale is employed as a reporter at KTVT. Hale investigated and prepared... More...   $0 (11-24-1999 - TX)

USX Corporation, et al. v. Tieco, Inc., et al.

In its Special Verdict, the Jury found as follows:

1. Plaintiff USX Corporation, in violation of Alabama law, engaged in a civil conspiracy with the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Alabama to unlawfully use the criminal process against Defendant TIECO to enhance its position in this civil case, and/or to utilize a search warrant to obtain the Defendant TIECO’s business ... More...   $6800000 (11-09-1999 - AL)

Joe Ed Bunton and Jackie Gates v. Bascom W. Bentley, III ,

Defamation and conspiracy to defame a public official - Bunton was a founder and host of a local weekly cable television show called "Questions and Answers" ("Q & A"). The program provided a public forum to discuss local issues. Viewers were encouraged to call in to voice their opinions, ask questions, and share information about the subject under discussion during the show. Bentley, a district ju... More...   $8295000 (10-22-1999 - TX)

Steven Mark Hayden, M.D. v. Eliyyah Abbud,M.D.

Intentional Inference with a Contractual/Business -Relationship & Defamation. The plaintiff sued the defendant, due to the defendant publishing a written communication in which he accused the plaintiff of insurance fraud/abuse, false pretenses in contracting, intentionally endangering the life of a patient & other matters defamatory of his character & of his personal & professional reputation. De... More...   $1 (10-19-1999 - AL)

Derek Haskell v. Stauffer Communications, Inc.

Defamation - Invasion of Privacy - On September 2, 1994, the Dodge City Globe printed an article with the headline, "WANTED - Recent poster evokes memories of town's Wild West era." The article reported the appearance within Dodge City of posters resembling old-fashioned "Wanted" notices, which bore a photograph of Haskell. The text o... More...   $2500 (10-08-1999 - KS)

Alan B. Levan, an individual plaintiff, BankAtlantic Financial Corporation, a Florida Corporation v. Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., a new York corporation, William H. Willson, an individual.

Defamation - This action arose from a segment aired on defendant's television program "20/20" that portrayed plaitiffs as unfairly taking advantage of investors in real estate related limited partnerships, by inducing them to participate in transactions known as "rollups." Plaintiffs claimed that in its broadcast defendants made numerous false or misleading statements with actual malice, and that... More...   $10000000 (09-29-1999 - FL)

The Estate of A.P. Stuckey, Sr., et al. v. Rupert B. Brown, et ux. A.P. STUCKEY, SR., et al., Respondents.

In 1981, Rupert and Lettie Brown entered into a partnership or joint venture agreement with Sarah and A.P. Stuckey for the operation of a thoroughbred horse farm in Suwannee County. Hostilities arose among the parties and, in 1989, the Stuckeys brought an action against the Browns for intentional interference with business relationships, defamation, and intentional infliction ... More...   $0 (08-26-1999 - FL)

Peter G. Apple v. Steven L. Apple

Employee Retirement Income Security Act - E.R.I.S.A. - Breach of Fiduciary Duty - Peter and Mary Apple were married and founded Apple Rubber Products, Inc.. Peter and Mary later divorced and control of the company eventually resided with Mary and their son Steven Apple. Peter retained interest in the pension plan. Peter filed a lawsuit against Steven and Mary when his application for approval o... More...   $26737 (08-25-1999 - NY)

Eugene E. Shanks, Sr. and Fliteline Maintenance, Inc., v. ABC, Inc.

Defamation - On November 17, 1994, ABC aired a report entitled "Second Hand Safety" on its Prime Time Live program. The segment focused on the widespread market for bogus airplane parts in the United States and the Federal Aviation Administration's (the "FAA") ineffectiveness in dealing with the problem. A component of the broadcast discussed Shanks's and Fliteline Maintenance's involvement in the... More...   $0 (08-05-1999 - TX)

Homer James v. Coors Brewing Company and Yvonne Mannon

Breach of contract - Intentioal Interference with Contract and Defamation. The facts that gave rise to this litigation and the nature and extent of the damages claimed by plaintiff are unknown at this time.... More...   $670002 (08-04-1999 - CO)

BRIAN GAUDIO v. GRIFFIN HEALTH SERVICES CORPORATION

The plaintiff, a former security officer for the defendant hospital, sought to recover for defamation and the allegedly wrongful termination of his employment following an incident in which he was required to restrain a psychiatric patient who had become violent with hospital personnel. ... More...   $200000 (07-20-1999 - CT)

Patrick Mitchell vs. Stephanie Lackey

Defamation, Tortious Interference, and Conversion claims by police officer who claimed that defendant, with whom he had been having an extramarital affair, to his employer that defendant was stalking and threatening her.

Defendant denied wrongdoing.... More...   $1500 (07-18-1999 - KS)

James LoBiondo, Jr. and Denise LoBiondo, Individually and t/a/ D. LoBi Enterprises, Inc. v. Grace Schwartz and Marilyn Kallareou

Defamation action. Plaintiff bought beach club across the street from defendant Schwartz and proceeded over a five year period to expand the property, physically and functionally, with and without required governmental approvals. Defendants rallied neighbors in protest actions which led to the lawsuit filed in October of 1991. Plaintiffs alleged defamation, intentional invliction of emotional dis... More...   $96300 (07-07-1999 - NJ)

Dr. Abdul Aziz SALAMEH v. L. Anthony SPOSSEY, Suzanne Gomez and Paul Manning. Dr. Abdul Aziz Salameh v. City of Washington, a Third Class City and/or a Municipal Corporation within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Salameh is a medical doctor of Palestinian/Jordanian ancestry who is now an American citizen practicing medicine in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Salameh owned the Duane Hotel on South Main Street located in the downtown area of the City of Washington. The trial court charitably described the hotel as an antiquated, ill-kept building. The City cited the hotel on prior occasions for various or... More...   $0 (07-01-1999 - PA)

Norbert Schlegel v. Rain & Hail Insurance Services, Inc. and CIGNA Insurance of Texas

Defamation of Insurance Agent by Insurance Company... More...   $150000 (06-30-1999 - TX)

Journal-Gazette Company, Inc. v. Bandido’s Inc.

Defamation - Bandido's is a Mexican-style restaurant with three locations in Fort Wayne Indiana, and one in Lima, Ohio. On September 13, 1988, the Allen County Board of Public Health conducted a health inspection of the north-side Bandido's in Fort Wayne. In the report, the inspector identified several violations and made the following relevant remarks: "Evidence of flies, roaches and rodents note... More...   $985000 (06-23-1999 - IN)

Henry Dale Overcast v. Billings Mutual Insurance Company

Defamation in connection with investigation of fire loss. Plaintiff says the fire to his home was an accident. An investigator said the plaintiff set it but didn't request many of the tests that would establish combustible liquid at the scene.... More...   $0 (05-24-1999 - MO)

CAPITOL CITY PERSONNEL SERVICES, INC. v. HARRIET FRANKLIN ET AL.

The plaintiff health care business sought damages for, inter alia, tortious interference with business relations from the defendant Franklin, a former employee, and from the defendant Superlative Home Care Co., a corporation secretly formed to compete with the plaintiff. The defendants filed a counterclaim alleging defamation, violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and vexatious ... More...   $187266 (04-20-1999 - CT)

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