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Defamation Law
John Etukakpan v. St. Jude Medical

Etukakpan, who is black and Nigerian, was employed by St. Jude from March 23, 1992 until July 12, 1995. His work history with St. Jude was marked by confrontations and difficulty in getting along with co-workers.

In October 1993, he was involved in an altercation with John Horwath and suspended for two days. Horwath, who is white, was fired. Etukakpan filed a charge of race and national or... More...   $0 (07-09-2001 - MN)

Sky Fun 1 v. John Schuttloffel

We granted certiorari to decide two issues arising from the court of appeals decision in Sky Fun 1, Inc. v. Schuttloffel, 8 P.3d 570 (Colo. App. 2000): first, whether certain verbal statements made by a pilot’s previous employer are protected by the limited liability provision of 49 U.S.C. § 44936(g) (Supp. IV 1999) precluding a defamation suit brought by the pilot against the employer; seco... More...   $0 (07-02-2001 - CO)

Dodson v. Allstate Insurance Company

Appellant Jon Dodson, M.D., appeals a Pulaski County jury's verdict finding in favor of Appellee Allstate Insurance Company on claims of defamation and tortious interference with a contract. This court accepted this case on March 9, 2001, pursuant to Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 1-2(g). Dodson raises ten points on appeal. We hold that the trial judge erred in ruling that Allstate's withdrawn counterclaim coul... More...   $0 (06-28-2001 - AR)

H.L. Mitchell, D.V.M., et. al. v. Griffin Television, L.L.C and Chris Halsne

Defamation. Channel 6 in Oklahoma City ran a series of news stories concerning the Plaintiff. These stories essentally accussed the Plaintiff of being a horse killer. The Plaintiff alleged damage to his reputation and loss of business. The Plainitff also alleged that the Defendants acted intentionally and with mailce in running these stories.... More...   $6500000 (06-28-2001 - OK)

Myron S. Gritchen v. Gordon W. Collier

Myron S. Gritchen filed a complaint with the Long Beach Police Department about the conduct of Gordon W. Collier, a Long Beach police officer who stopped Gritchen for speed-ing. Collier took umbrage and threatened to sue Gritchen for defamation. Most complaints about public officials are privi-leged in California, but state law allows peace officers to bring an action for defamation against ... More...   $0 (06-13-2001 - CA)

Sodergren v. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

This case involves claims of defamation and invasion of privacy arising out of two letters written by appellee Dr. Gary L. Smith on behalf of appellee The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (“APL”)1 as part of a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit filed by Patricia Herchenroeder. Sodergren and APL were both defendants in Herchenroeder’s lawsuit, which ... More...   $0 (06-01-2001 - MD)

John Doe v. Gonzaga University, et al.

Petitioner John Doe sought review of a Court of Appeals' decision reversing the jury's award of damages (based on claims of defamation, negligence, invasion of privacy, violation of his rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and breach of contract) and remanding the case for retrial solely on the defamation claim. We hold that the jury was properly inst... More...   $1155000 (05-31-2001 - WA)

Saleh v. Moore

Fathy M. A. Saleh (Saleh) and Godwin O. Mbagwu (Mbagwu) (together "Appellees"), tenured professors at Virginia State University (VSU), brought employment discrimination actions against several VSU administrators, including the University Presi- dent and Provost, in their individual capacities. Both Saleh and Mbagwu alleged race and national origin discrimination under 42 U.S.C. SS 1981 and 1... More...   $0 (05-31-2001 - VA)

GRACEIA M. VOYLES, Appellee, v. SANDIA MORTGAGE CORPORATION, n/k/a Fleet Mortgage Corporation

The plaintiff, Graceia M. Voyles, brought the present action in the circuit court of Du Page County against the defendant, Sandia Mortgage Corporation (now known as Fleet Mortgage Corporation), seeking damages for the defendant's submission of allegedly inaccurate reports about her to credit reporting agencies. Following a bench trial, the trial judge awarded the plaintiff a total of $10,000 in da... More...   $0 (05-24-2001 - IL)

Krantz v. BT Visual Images, L.L.C.

These are three appeals from a final judgment and satellite orders entered by the San Francisco County Superior Court in a suit for damages for breach of contract, interference with prospective economic advantage, and defamation. We are asked by plaintiff-appellant to rule the sustention of a demurrer to the amended complaint without leave to amend was erroneous as a matter of law, the rulings... More...   $0 (05-18-2001 - CA)

Straughn v. Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Plaintiff Claire A. Straughn urges us to vacate several summary judgment rulings which ultimately prompted the district court to dismiss her claims against Delta Airlines, Inc., alleging gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2001, et seq., race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and breach of contract, wrongful termination, and defamatio... More...   $0 (05-17-2001 - NH)

Sahu v. Mayo Foundation

Civil Rights - District court did not err in finding plaintiff's Title VII, ADA and ADEA claims were time-barred; while Rehabilitation Act claim was timely, plaintiff failed to show he was handicapped and failed to establish the non-discriminatory ground for his termination was pretextual.

Girish Chandra Sahu appeals the District Court’s 1 adverse grant of summary judgment in his emplo... More...   $0 (05-16-2001 - MN)

Christie v. Jeney

The issue in this appeal is whether plaintiff's malpractice action was subject to the Affidavit of Merit statute (AMS), N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-27, which took effect on June 29, 1995.

Plaintiff Robert Christie retained an attorney, Robert Jeney, to pursue three claims on his behalf. Christie contends that Jeney negligently allowed the statute of limitations to run on the state-court defamatio... More...   $0 (05-15-2001 - NJ)

Isham v. Wilcox

Plaintiff William P. Isham brought this action asserting a variety of claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law relating to his employment at the University of New Mexico. The district court dismissed his federal claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), and it declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over his state law claims. Plaintiff appeals. We review the district court's decision de nov... More...   $0 (05-15-2001 - NM)

Kennedy v. Mustaine

Thomas Joseph Kennedy and his wife Diane Michelle Kennedy, appeal from the judgment entered by the district court on September 29, 1999, affirming the order entered by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky, granting summary judgment to Creditors-Appellees, Phillip B. Mustaine and his wife Phyllis J. Mustaine - Plaintiffs in the underlying adversary proceeding and ... More...   $0 (05-10-2001 - KY)

Janet Thornton v. Holdenville General Hospital, et al.

1 Plaintiff, Janet Thornton, appeals the district court's summary judgment in favor of Defendants, Holdenville General Hospital (Hospital), Melissa McClellan, Christy Marsh, and Joseph Mitchell.1 The issue on appeal in this action for defamation and related theories of recovery is whether the district court erred in finding that there was no issue of material fact such that judgment was proper as ... More...   $0 (05-08-2001 - OK)

Collins v. Detroit Free Press

Defendants appeal by leave granted the trial court's order denying their motion for summary disposition of plaintiff 's defamation action. We reverse and remand for further proceedings.

Plaintiff was the United States Representative for Michigan's 15th Congressional District, located in Detroit. In 1996, plaintiff was seeking reelection to a fourth term, and she faced opposition in the August ... More...   $0 (05-07-2001 - MI)

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)

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