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Defamation Law
David M. Veile v. Gordon D. Martinson, et al.

Plaintiffs David M. Veile and Veile Mortuary, Inc. appeal the district court's conclusion they did not possess a protected property interest in a rotation policy established by defendant Gordon D. Martinson, the Coroner of Washakie County, Wyoming, and the court's decision to strike an expert witness designation on the property interest issue. Further, they challenge the district court's refusal t... More...   $0 (07-30-2001 - WY)

Robert L. Baron, Jr. v. Warrior Insurance Group

Fraud, breach of contact and defamation claims by insured who claimed that defendant paid investigators bonuses for rejecting valid insurance claims. Plaintiff made a claim in the amount of $9,500 when his 1992 Nissan was stolen and burned. When Baron's bank called about collecting its lien, Warrior told the bank that Baron had committed insurance fraud. ... More...   $3035000 (07-30-2001 - IL)

Cove v. Carter, et al.

[1] Manley C. Gove Sr. and Tri Berwick Realty, Inc., (collectively, Gove) appeal from the judgment of the Superior Court (York County, Fritzsche, J.) granting a summary judgment to Jonathan L. Carter, the town manager for the Town of Wells. Gove contends that the Superior Court erred in concluding that Carter was entitled to immunity from his suit pursuant to the Maine Tort Claims Act, 14 M... More...   $0 (07-27-2001 - ME)

Karen Horwitz v. Board of Education of Avoca School District No. 37, et al.

Karen Horwitz began teaching full time at Avoca West Elementary School when the 1993 to 1994 school year began and continued to do so until she was terminated in April of 1999. Horwitz has raised numerous claims against the Board of Education of Avoca School District No. 37 (the "Board"), Dr. John W. Sloan, Dr. Venette Biancalana, and Dorothy Ballantyne. She is appealing a variety of dec... More...   $0 (07-26-2001 - IL)

Ronald A. Fayer v. Town of Middlebury, et al.

Plaintiff, a former employee of the Town of Middlebury, Connecticut, brought Section 1983 action against Town and two Town officials, alleging First Amendment and due process violations in connection with his termination, as well as state law claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Joan Glazer Margoli... More...   $0 (07-24-2001 - CT)

Dendrite International, Inc. v. John Doe No. 3

In this opinion, we examine the appropriate procedures to be followed and the standards to be applied by courts in evaluating applications for discovery of the identity of anonymous users of Internet Service Provider (ISP) message boards. Information contained in postings by anonymous users of ISP message boards can form the basis of litigation instituted by an individual, corporation or busin... More...   $0 (07-18-2001 - NJ)

Colleen Anderson, Plaintiff and Appellant v. Meyer Broadcasting Company, Defendant and Appellee

[1] Colleen Anderson has appealed from a summary judgment dismissing her claims against Meyer Broadcasting Company ("Meyer") for age discrimination, sex or gender discrimination, retaliatory discharge, defamation, and breach of contract. We affirm, concluding Anderson failed to raise genuine issues of material facts on required elements of her claims.


[2] Meyer owned a s... More...   $0 (07-10-2001 - ND)

Jay Campbell et al. v. Citizens for Honest

Pat Matrisciana,2 through companies of which he is the chairman and president, produced and released a video indicating Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane, both law enforcement officers, had been implicated in the deaths of two teenage boys and a subsequent cover-up. Campbell and Lane responded by bringing this diversity action for defamation. A jury found Matrisciana liable and judgment was entered i... More...   $0 (07-10-2001 - AR)

Brad Butler v. Hearst-Argyle Television

Appellant, Brad Butler, brings the instant appeal challenging the Benton County Circuit Court's order granting summary judgment in favor of appellees, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., its Arkansas affiliate, KHBS/KHOG-TV, and one of its reporters, Rhonda Justice. Butler, a former Benton County prosecuting attorney, complained that appellees committed the torts of defamation, invasion of privacy, an... More...   $0 (07-09-2001 - AR)

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)

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