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Libel Law
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.


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.
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)

In Re Memorial Herman Hospital System; Memorial Herman Physician Network; Michael Macris, M.D.; Michael Macris, M.D., P.A. and Keith Alexander

A decade ago, we observed: “While the medical privileges are important in promoting free discussion in the evaluation of health care professionals and health services, the right to evidence is also important, and therefore privileges must be strictly construed.”1 In this original proceeding—involving a heart surgeon who claims his former hospital retaliated against him for joining a competin... More...   $0 (05-22-2015 - TX)

David Mauk v. Pipe Creek Water Well, LLC and Robert Rae Powell

Appellant David Mauk, the general manager for Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, was sued for defamation, slander per se, and business disparagement. Mauk moved to dismiss the suit under section 101.106(f) of the Texas Tort Claims Act. He asserted he was immune from suit because he was a governmental unit employee acting within the scope of his employment and the suit could h... More...   $0 (05-20-2015 - TX)

Mikob Properties, Inc., Allan Klein, and Mitchell Kobernick v. David Joachim, International Realty Concepts, Inc., and H.S. Joachim Family Limited Partnership LTD.

This breach of contract case arises out of a settlement agreement negotiated by business
people who were represented by counsel. Appellants assert five issues that present three areas of
dispute: (i) whether the trial court erroneously dismissed appellants’ claim that the appellees
breached a settlement agreement by pursuing a lawsuit not mentioned in the settlement
agreement; (i... More...
   $0 (05-19-2015 - TX)

Colleen C. Piccone v. John W. Bartels, Jr.

Following an encounter between the
parties, Defendant, a local police chief, called Plaintiffs'
employer to complain about their behavior during the incident.
Plaintiffs filed suit, alleging, inter alia, slander and
interference with advantageous business relations. The district
court granted summary judgment to Defendant on both counts. We
I. Background
Col... More...
   $0 (05-12-2015 - MA)

John Dewey Holt v. Kamagon Fitness, Karen L. Reed, Mark Reed and Hedstrom PLastics, Inc.

Tulsa, OK - John Dewey Holt sued Kamagon Fitness, Karen L. Reed, Mark Reed and Hedstrom PLastics, Inc. on fraud, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, libel and tortious interference with contract theories claiming:

2. That upon information and belief, Kamagon Fitness LLC was and is a domestic limited liability corporation located in Tulsa County, State of Okl... More...
   $1 (04-27-2015 - OK)

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