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Defamation Law
 
Dean v. Dearing

In this case, we are asked to determine whether a public official can use the "small group theory" to meet the "of and concerning" element of a claim for defamation.

Following his confrontation with and arrest by the Elkton chief of police, M. Lee Dearing, the mayor of Elkton, made a number of statements alleging corruption, dishonesty, and felonious conduct by the Elkton police depart... More...   $0 (04-19-2002 - VA)

Randall Coggin v. Longview Independent School District

Mr. Randall Coggin, a public school employee, brought this º 1983 suit against his employer, a Texas independent school district, because its board of trustees terminated his employment contract for cause without any kind of a hearing. After a bench trial, the district court rendered judgment in favor of Coggin. We affirm. Because the school board was the final policy and decision maker with res... More...   $0 (04-17-2002 - TX)

Tradewinds Escrow, Inc. v. Truck Insurance Exchange

Tradewinds Escrow, Inc. (Tradewinds) appeals summary judgment granted in favor of defendant Truck Insurance Exchange (Truck) in its action for breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Truck refused to defend a third-party action against Tradewinds arising out of the failed sale of a home on the grounds the policy specifically excluded indemnity for actions ... More...   $0 (04-12-2002 - CA)

Rita Nethersole v. William Bulger, et al.

In 1995, UMass appointed Nethersole, an African-American, as its state-wide associate vice-president for student affairs. As such, she was responsible, among other things, for promoting faculty/student diversity. During her early tenure, a UMass credit card disappeared. Subsequently it was used, without authorization, by a person whose identity remains unknown, to purchase a laptop computer. The U... More...   $0 (04-12-2002 - MA)

Leonard and Paula Nawrocki v. Township of Coolbaugh, et al.

Paula Nawrocki and her husband (the Nawrockis) filed a multi-count complaint making various claims, including malicious prosecution, defamation, loss of consortium, and due process violations against the Township of Coolbaugh, its police department, and the Police Chief, the Pocono Mountain School District, two of the School District officials and one teacher. The District Court grante... More...   $0 (04-08-2002 - PA)

Mary Wiley v. Ohio/Oklahoma Hearst-Argyle Televison, Inc. and American Red Cross

After tornadoes ripped through central Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, the American Red Cross and other agencies immediately set up relief centers, including two in Del City, Oklahoma. On May 4, plaintiff volunteered to work at the Del City High School relief center. According to police reports, she was asked to leave after witnesses saw her taking donated items without permission. On May 5, plaintiff we... More...   $0 (04-08-2002 - OK)

Maxine Nicholas v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Plaintiff/appellee Maxine Nicholas, a former cashier for defendant/appellant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ("Wal-Mart"), was arrested on complaint of Wal-Mart management, and charged with a breach of trust for allowing a customer to leave the store without paying for merchandise. Wal-Mart claims that the conduct upon which the charge was founded had been captured on videotape, which was later viewed ... More...   $0 (04-04-2002 - SC)

Mitzi Green, et al. v. CBS, Inc.

CBS published and aired a story entitled "Lotto Town" in January 1998 on its weekly news magazine, 48 Hours, detailing the lives of forty-two lotto millionaires living in the small town of Roby, Texas. One of these lotto winners was Lance Green, Mitzi Green's ex-husband. In the course of its one-hour broadcast, CBS showed how Lance's life changed during the year following his lotto win. The story ... More...   $0 (04-03-2002 - TX)

Rice v. Alley

[1] Defendant Lynda Alley (f/k/a Lynda Spreng) appeals from a judgment of the District Court (Ellsworth, Mills, J.) awarding Ruth Rice $20,000 in compensatory damages in her action for defamation. Alley challenges the judgment on numerous grounds. We agree with Alley's contention that her statements were conditionally privileged, and that Rice presented insufficient evidence to show that the p... More...   $0 (03-30-2002 - ME)

Dulcinea N. Cuellar v. Walgreens Co. and Jim Lindsey

Cuellar filed suit against Walgreen's and Lindsey on June 23, 1999, alleging causes of action for negligence, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (1) On July 11, 2000, the trial court granted a "take nothing" summary judgment in favor of appellees.

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Cuellar contends the trial court erred in granting summary judgment because there are material fact issues regardi... More...   $0 (03-29-2002 - TX)

Schoendorf v. U.D. Registry, Inc.

Defendant U.D. Registry, Inc. (UDR), is a consumer reporting agency that gathers information about unlawful detainer cases and sells it to landlords and other subscribers. Plaintiff Faye Schoendorf, a tenant, filed this action against UDR, alleging that it was providing misleading and incomplete information about her.

UDR moved to strike the complaint under section 425.16 of the Code of Ci... More...   $0 (03-28-2002 - CA)

Irene J. Hojnacki v. Donna Klien-Acosta, et al.

Dr. Hojnacki was employed by Addu Healthcare, a private company under contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections ("DOC") to supply health care services to inmates at DOC prisons. She worked as medical director at the Dwight Correctional Center for Women ("Dwight"). In March 1995, Doretta O'Brien, the Administrator of Dwight's Healthcare Unit ("HCU"), filed an Incident Report wit... More...   $0 (03-28-2002 - IL)

Diane Blair v. Scott Specialty Gases, et al.

Diane Blair brought suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Scott Specialty Gases ("Scott"), her former employer, alleging sexual harassment and discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. S 2000e et seq. (2001), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA), 43 Pa. Cons. Stat. S 951 et seq. (2001), the E... More...   $0 (03-13-2002 - PA)

Richard Beeching and National Education Assoc. v. Carol Levee

Carol Levee ("Levee"), the principal of Eggleston Elementary School in South Bend, Indiana, sued Richard Beeching, the UNISERV Director, See footnote and the National Education Association–South Bend ("Beeching") for defamation and tortious interference with a contractual relationship. After a jury trial, the trial court granted Levee's motion for mistrial because it determined that the jury had r... More...   $850 (02-28-2002 - IN)

Fodor v. Leeman

Plaintiff appeals from a judgment that dismissed his defamation claim against defendants Wayne Leeman and Ottaway Newspapers, Inc. The claim is based on an editorial advertisement that Leeman wrote and Ottaway published in the Medford Mail Tribune that criticized an article that plaintiff had written. We affirm.

Plaintiff is an independent consultant, author, and lecturer. He has published ... More...   $0 (02-27-2002 - OR)

Fodor v. Leeman

Plaintiff appeals from a judgment that dismissed his defamation claim against defendants Wayne Leeman and Ottaway Newspapers, Inc. The claim is based on an editorial advertisement that Leeman wrote and Ottaway published in the Medford Mail Tribune that criticized an article that plaintiff had written. We affirm.

Plaintiff is an independent consultant, author, and lecturer. He has published ... More...   $0 (02-27-2002 - OR)

Eleanor Kowalczyk v. Blackstone, Massachusetts

Age discrimination and defamation claims by 88-year-old part-time van driver fired by Blackstone, Massachusetts in 1996. Plaintiff's job was to drive senior citizens and the handicapped. Defendant claimed that she was dismissed for safety reasons and rudeness.... More...   $210893 (02-26-2002 - MA)

COX ENTERPRISES, INC. et al. v. NIX

This appeal arises from a suit for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress filed by attorney Franklin R. Nix against Cox Enterprises, doing business as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; an editor; and a number of unnamed individuals (hereinafter, collectively, “Cox”). The suit was based on two related articles published in the Journal-Const... More...   $0 (02-25-2002 - GA)

Ghorbanni v. North Dakota Council on the Arts

[1] Daphne Ghorbanni appealed from a summary judgment dismissing her claims for retaliatory discharge and defamation against the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the State of North Dakota. We conclude Ghorbanni failed to properly give notice of her claims as required by statute, and we affirm.

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[2] The North Dakota Council on the Arts ("the Council") is a statutorily created bod... More...   $0 (02-20-2002 - ND)

Thomas Willan v. Columbia County

Willan sued county law-enforcement officers and authorities under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983,claiming that they had violated his constitutional rights by obtaining and disseminating information about his criminal history. He appeals from the grant of summary judgment to the defendants.

Willan was locked in a bitter campaign in 1999 for the mayoralty of the town of Lodi, Wisconsin. His o... More...   $0 (02-19-2002 - WI)

Information Systems and Networks Corporation v. The City of Atlanta

In this contract dispute, we address the difference between an acceptance and a counteroffer under Georgia law. The district court granted summary judgment to the City of Atlanta ("the City"), holding that the City never accepted the contract terms offered by Information Systems and Networks Corporation ("ISN"). According to the district court, the document which ISN construed as an acceptance was... More...   $0 (02-06-2002 - GA)

David Goetzke v. Ferro Corporation and Crawford & Company

Ferro Corporation terminated David Goetzke in August 1997 on the ground that he had defrauded it by exaggerating the extent of a work-related injury. In response to his termination, Mr. Goetzke filed this multi-count action in state court against Ferro and Crawford & Company, a third-party administrator retained through Ferro's insurance carrier to administer worker's compensation claims... More...   $0 (02-06-2002 - IN)

Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Terri Welles, et al.

Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI), appeals the district court's
grant of summary judgment as to its claims of trademark
infringement, unfair competition, and breach of contract
against Terri Welles; Terri Welles, Inc.; Pippi, Inc.; and
Welles' current and former "webmasters," Ste... More...
   $0 (02-01-2002 - CA)

Brown v. Six Flags Magic Mountain

Civil rights, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims by African-American plaintiff who claimed by the defendant's employees spoke racial epithets directed toward him which were recorded in a video tape made of him while riding the Dive Devil at defandant's amusement park in Valencia, California in August, 1999.

Defendant denied that its employees made the offensive ... More...   $0 (02-01-2002 - CA)

Christopher M. Edwards v. Paddock Publications, Inc., et al.

Plaintiff, Christopher M. Edwards, filed an action against defendants, Paddock Publications, Inc., the publisher of the Daily Herald, and several of its reporters and editors, alleging defamation and false light arising from certain newspaper articles that misidentified plaintiff as having been arrested in conjunction with a drug "bust" in the northwest suburbs. Defendants' theory of the case was ... More...   $0 (01-24-2002 - IL)

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