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Libel Law
 
Yvette Ford vs. Minneapolis Public Schools

Yvette Ford sued the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) asserting retaliation in
violation of the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA). In April 2013, the district court
dismissed Ford’s MWA claim on the ground that the statute of limitations had expired.
The court of appeals affirmed. Ford v. Minneapolis Pub. Schs., 845 N.W.2d 566 (Minn.
App. 2014). Ford petitioned for review. ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2016 - MN)

North Star Mutual. Insurance. v. KORZAN

On September 19, 2012, Charles Korzan and his brother, Michael
Korzan, (Korzans) were moving hay bales from Charles’s property in Jones County
to his property in Brule County to feed livestock. The weather and crop conditions
were dangerously dry. To transport the hay bales, Michael drove a 1998
International 9400 series semi-truck, hauling a 48-foot trailer. Charles drove a... More...
   $0 (12-18-2015 - SD)

North Star Mutual. Insurance. v. KORZAN

On September 19, 2012, Charles Korzan and his brother, Michael
Korzan, (Korzans) were moving hay bales from Charles’s property in Jones County
to his property in Brule County to feed livestock. The weather and crop conditions
were dangerously dry. To transport the hay bales, Michael drove a 1998
International 9400 series semi-truck, hauling a 48-foot trailer. Charles drove a... More...
   $0 (12-18-2015 - SD)

Doe, SORB No. 380316 v. Sex Offender Registry Board

When Doe was thirty-five years old, he acknowledged the amicus briefs submitted by the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and by the Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts.
reportedly "twisted" the penis of his six year old nephew through the ... More...
   $0 (12-11-2015 - MA)

In the Matter of Terrie Harman and Thomas McCarron

The petitioner, Terrie Harman, appeals an order of the Circuit Court (Carbon, J.) denying the request filed by her and the respondent, Thomas McCarron, to vacate their decree of divorce. We affirm.
The parties were married in 1989. In July 2014, they were granted an uncontested decree of divorce on the ground of irreconcilable differences that caused the irremediable breakdown of the mar... More...
   $0 (12-02-2015 - NH)

Donald Thomas Scholz v. Boston Herald, Inc.

In the mid-1970s, Donald Thomas Scholz, a musician, composer, recording engineer, and record producer,
founded the rock band "Boston." After many years playing in the band, Brad Delp, who was its lead singer, committed suicide on March 9, 2007. The Boston Herald, Inc., published three stories regarding Brad's suicide, written by columnists Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa, who relied on informati... More...
   $0 (11-25-2015 - MA)

USF&G v. Ashley Reed

On July 12,2011, Plaintiff United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company ("USF&G")
filed a complaint against Defendants Ashley Reed Inc. ("Ashley Reed"), Scott Ressler, James
Ressler (collectively, the "Ashley Reed Defendants"), Fendi Adele, S.r.l., Fendi S.r.l, and Fendi
North America, Inc. (collectively, "Fendi"), seeking a declaratory judgment that three liability
insurance po... More...
   $0 (11-15-2015 - NY)

Jerry Weaks and Joyce Weaks v. Kathleen Jeanette White

On June 5, 2002, the Weakses, as sellers, and White, as purchaser, executed a document entitled “Contract for Deed” pursuant to which White agreed to make a down payment and monthly installments for ten years to purchase a small tract of land and a mobile home. White did not make a payment in December 2011, January 2012, or February 2012. In February 2012, the Weakses demanded that she pay the amo... More...   $0 (10-21-2015 - TX)

Valencis v. Nyberg

The defendants David Nyberg and CSM North, LLC (CSM),1 appeal from the judgment of the trial court awarding a prejudgment remedy in favor oftheplaintiffs,StanleyValencis,ACSYS,Inc.(ACSYS), and MIG Ventures, LLC (MIG), in the amount of $1,517,389.40.2 On appeal, the defendants claim that (1) the court improperly granted the application for a prejudgment remedy without taking into account the defen... More...   $0 (10-19-2015 - CT)

Mobile Medical Services etc. v. Rajaram

According to the complaint, Shelton is licensed as a registered nurse, public health nurse, nurse practitioner, and public health furnishing nurse practitioner. During the relevant time period she was an officer of NPS.
The complaint alleged NPS and MMS were licensed healthcare providers. NPS had contracts with the Pat Moore Foundation (Pat Moore) and Morningside Recovery Detox Center (Mo... More...
   $0 (10-14-2015 - CA)

Pan Am Systems, Inc. v. Hardenbergh

Basically, plaintiffs are upset because they think four
ANR&P articles — published between December 2009 and March 2011 —
contained false and defamatory statements. Discussing a train
derailment on a Springfield-owned rail line, the first article —
after relying on reports in leading newspapers — quoted a state
official as saying the accident was "'perfectly predictable'"... More...
   $0 (10-13-2015 - ME)

Prem Bikkina v. Jagan Mahadevan

Appeal from the denial of special motion to strike pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP statute.

I. INTRODUCTION

Appellant Jagan Mahadevan (Mahadevan) appeals from the denial of his special motion to strike pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code Civ. Proc., § 425.16) filed in response to respondent Prem Bikkina’s (Bikkina) complaint alleging that Mahadevan made false ... More...
   $0 (10-13-2015 - CA)

Pan Am Systems, Inc. v. Atlantic Northeast Rails and Ports, Inc.

Today's appeal centers on a district judge's decision
kicking out this battle-scarred defamation case on summary
judgment. By way of introduction, plaintiffs are David Andrew
Fink, Pan Am Systems, Inc., and Springfield Terminal Railway
Company. Fink is the former President and CEO of Pan Am, the
parent corporation of Springfield. Defendants are Chalmers
Hardenbergh and Atla... More...
   $0 (10-12-2015 - ME)

Bikkina v. Mahadevan

We begin with the facts alleged in the complaint. In 2007, Bikkina entered a Ph.D. program at the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa (University). Mahadevan was his dissertation advisor and supervisor from 2007 to 2010. Bikkina complained that Mahadevan was repeatedly reassigning him to different projects and requested a new advisor, which he was given in May 2... More...   $0 (10-09-2015 - CA)

Extendicare Homes, Inc. v. Belind Whisman and Kimdred Nursing Extendicare Homes, Inc.

This decision consolidates three cases accepted by this Court for
discretionary review pursuant to CR 65.09. By way of motions for interlocutory
relief under CR 65.09, Extendicare Homes, Inc. d/b/ / Shady Lawn Nursing
Home ("Extendicare"), and its affiliated entities,' and Kindred Nursing Centers
Limited Partnership d/b/a Winchester Centre For Health and Rehabilitation
n/k... More...
   $0 (09-28-2015 - KY)

Aaron Lee Benshoof v. Garfield County Commission

Enid, OK - Aaron Lee Benshoof sued Garfield County Commission, Sheriff Department, Jerry Niles, Marcus and Dentention Center on a damage theory:

I Aaron Lee Benshoof, is an individual who resides at 23919 Paradise Ln, Jet, OkIa. 73749
2. Entities, Garfield County Commission, Sheriff Dept., Jerry Niles, Marcus, and Detention Center, reside in Garfield County in Enid Oklahoma. The defen... More...
   $0 (09-14-2015 - OK)

Morse v. Fusto

In 2002, the MFCU initiated an investigation into the professional financial
affairs of Morse, a dentist, then practicing with another dentist in the Park Slope 4  
neighborhood of Brooklyn as ʺ580 Dental, P.C.ʺ  The defendant John Fusto, then 5  
a Special Assistant Attorney General with the MFCU, was assigned to the case, as 6  
was the defendant Jose Castillo, then an ... More...
   $0 (09-13-2015 - NY)

Barker v. Fox & Associates

An understanding of the factual background predating Barker’s complaint is necessary to put the matter in context, and we begin with that background.
Allison McBride (Allison), an elderly woman, suffered from dementia for many years. Allison had two daughters, Lucy McBride Olsen (Olsen) and Cameron Volker (Volker).
For several years, a dedicated team of paid caregivers—described by Olse... More...
   $0 (09-11-2015 - CA)

LA Taxi v. Independent Taxi Owners

On August 2, 2013, plaintiffs filed a complaint for damages and injunctive relief against defendants. The complaint alleged that Yellow Cab, Bell Cab, ITOA, and Checker Cab are taxicab service companies operating in Los Angeles County. It further alleged that defendants engaged in false advertising on the Internet. According to the complaint, taxi companies engage in “search advertising” -- the... More...   $0 (08-21-2015 - CA)

Assn. for LA Deputy Sheriffs v. LA Times

According to appellants, the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety (OPS) used to be a law enforcement agency separate from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). In 2010, the County decided to merge OPS into LASD. Apparently, OPS officers who wanted to work for LASD were required to complete application forms for LASD. LASD hired former OPS officers to work as deputy sheriffs.... More...   $0 (08-20-2015 - CA)

Susan H. Chadd v. United States of America

Seattle, WA - Ninth Circuit reverses grant of Tort Claim summary judgment on wrongful death claim

We must decide whether the United States may be sued
under the Federal Tort Claims Act for the actions of the
National Park Service relating to a mountain goat that
attacked and killed a Park visitor.
I
A
Established in 1938, Olympic National Park (“Olympic”
or the... More...
   $0 (07-27-2015 - WA)

Jessica Shannon v. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church U.S.

We are asked to decide whether ecclesiastical immunity can shield a church
from contractual liability when the subject contract does not implicate church
doctrine. In seven issues, appellant Jessica Shannon challenges the trial court’s
grant of appellee Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church’s plea to the jurisdiction
and motions for summary judgment. Concluding that the Church is not ... More...
   $0 (07-26-2015 - TX)

Art Reyna v. Irene Baldridge and Kathy Hill

Appellant Art Reyna was sued by Appellees Irene Baldridge and Kathy Hill for libel per se based on a printed campaign advertisement distributed shortly before a Leon Valley City Council election in May 2013. Reyna moved to dismiss Appellees’ suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), but the trial court denied his motion, and he filed this interlocutory appeal. Because Appellees estab... More...   $0 (07-15-2015 - TX)

In re the Marriage of Keri Evilsizor and Joseph Sweeney

Appellant Joseph Sweeney downloaded the contents of respondent Keri Evilsizor’s cell phones around the time Evilsizor gave birth to the couple’s daughter. After these dissolution proceedings were initiated a few months later, Sweeney filed with the court copies of some downloaded text messages. Evilsizor sought a restraining order under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) to stop Sween... More...   $0 (06-23-2015 - CA)

Jessica Chan v. Peter Curran

After plaintiff and appellant Jessica Chan’s mother died from internal
hemorrhaging related to Coumadin use following heart surgery, Chan successfully sued
defendant and respondent Peter Curran for medical malpractice. Neither the sufficiency
of the evidence to support the malpractice verdict, nor any other issue associated with the
trial and the rendition of the jury verdict, is... More...
   $0 (06-09-2015 - CA)

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