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Defamation Law
 
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)

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)

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