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Defamation Law
 
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)

DANIEL WILLIAM LACOMB and GAIL ANN LACOMB, Plaintiffs, v. JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS COMPANY, Defendant

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)

Gohari v. Darvish

DEFAMATION—QUALIFIED PRIVILEGE IN COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN FRANCHISOR/FRANCHISEE—The common law provides a qualified privilege to a franchisee who gives information about a former employee to his franchisor, at the franchisor’s request, where the former employee has applied for his or her franchise. This type of relationship fits into the common law qualified privilege to publish ... More...   $0 (02-23-2001 - MD)

Procter & Gamble Co. v. Amway Corp.

The Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") appeals the dismissal of its lawsuit against Amway Corporation and other defendants for defamation, fraud, and violations of the Lanham Act, RICO, and Texas state law.

P&G, a manufacturer and distributor of numerous household products, has been plagued by rumors of links to Satanism since the late 1970's or early 1980's. The most common variant of the rumo... More...   $0 (02-14-2001 - TX)

Meloff v. New York Life Insurance Company

After 27 years as an employee of New York Life Insurance Company ("New York Life"), Phyllis Meloff lost her job for billing seven months of personal commuting expenses to the company's American Express card and failing to reimburse the company. Her supervisor sent an electronic message ("e-mail"), eventually forwarded to 16 employees, stating Meloff was fired for defrauding the company. She sued, ... More...   $0 (02-14-2001 - NY)

Lora R. Manlove v. University of Central Oklahoma, et al.

Due Process, Breach of Contract, Negligence, Defamation and Misrepresentation Claims ... More...   $0 (02-05-2001 - OK)

Flair Communications Agency, Inc. v. David Flaherty, et al.

Breach of Employment Agreement; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Intentional Interference With Prospective Advantage and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Claims with Counterclaims for Breach of Employment Agreement (Wrongful Termination); Breach of Implied Contract To Pay Bonuses; Defamation; Interference With Prospective Advantage; and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

Fair Communicatio... More...   $1360000 (02-02-2001 - CA)

Franshawn Moore v. The Akron Beacon Journal

Defamation - Plaintiff claimed that she was defamed by an article published in Defendant's newspaper about a Salvation Army summer lunch program that provided free meals to children. The article included a photograph of Plaintiff's daughter on the front page of the paper and quoted Salvation Army workers who said that the children might not eat lunch if not for the free lunch program.... More...   $0 (01-26-2001 - OH)

Keeler v. Putnam Fiduciary Trust Co.

In May 1998, Keeler brought suit against Putnam in Massachusetts state court.(1) The complaint set forth six claims under Massachusetts law: intentional age discrimination (count I) and disparate-impact age discrimination (count II), Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 151B, § 4 (1998); retaliation following his complaint (count III), id. at §§ 4, 4(4); failure to investigate and remedy discrimination (count IV);... More...   $0 (01-17-2001 - MA)

Konop v. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

Robert Konop ("Konop") appeals: (1) the district court's grant of summary judgment against Konop on his claim that Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. ("Hawaiian") violated the Wiretap Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2520, and the Stored Communica-tions Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2710, by viewing Konop's secure website under false pretenses; (2) the district court's grant of summary judgment against Konop on his cla... More...   $0 (01-08-2001 - CA)

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