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An employer owned a very large meat packing plant. One day, the employer summoned a longtime employee to her office. The employer accused the employee of being infected with hepatitis and demanded that the employee resign from her job. The employee did not, in fact, have the disease, nor did the employer have any reason to suspect that the employee was ill. In fact, the employer wanted the employee to leave the job so she could hire a recent immigrant, at a fraction of the cost. Several of the employee’s co-workers overheard the employer’s charges against the employee, and they told the employee they did not believe the statements.
Assume for this question only that the employee was the only person to hear the employer’s statements. Which of the following statements is most correct?CorrectIncorrect
A water commissioner testified before a city council committee. “The plumber has bilked the city out of $2 billion. This man’s business is corrupt in every aspect. No one should ever do business with this plumber,” said the water commissioner. If the plumber asserts a claim against the water commissioner for defamation, is the plumber likely to prevail?CorrectIncorrect
A senator was the subject of a series of stories in the town’s newspaper. The newspaper reported that the senator was addicted to cocaine and that this addiction motivated his behavior in office. The newspaper further alleged that the senator used his influence to steer construction contracts to companies controlled by organized crime. The article claimed that “reliable sources” had provided the information. The reporter believed that the story was true.
The senator lost his bid for reelection and suffered severe bouts of depression that caused him to be hospitalized. The senator brought suit against the newspaper based on defamation. Should he prevail?CorrectIncorrect
A popular disc jockey is on a local morning radio show. One morning, he said over the air, “Those of you running late in this county, hit the pedal to the floor. You can pay off any cop in the county for less than ten dollars.” A class action based on defamation was brought by the county patrolmen’s association on behalf of six hundred law enforcement officers. The disc jockey will probably:CorrectIncorrect
A lawyer was depressed over not being offered a job at a prestigious law firm. His anger was fueled when he found out who got the job. The lawyer wrote a letter informing the law firm that the associate at the firm enjoyed having sexual relations with sheep and sent a copy of the letter to the State Bar Ethics Committee. Neither the law firm nor the committee made the contents of the letter public. Upon learning of the letter, the associate became clinically depressed. His condition required several months of hospitalization. The associate brought suit against the lawyer based on defamation. Proof that the statement is true will:CorrectIncorrect