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Jerome is a popular, almost universally known, news broadcaster with a reputation for ambush-type interviews, designed to expose the target person’s hypocrisy. Liberal POV, a political magazine, ran a feature article stating that Jerome had purchased land near a proposed site for the new university a few years earlier.
The article claimed that Jerome had inside information from members of the Board of Regents of the university as to where the school would be located. The article stated that Jerome would now be able to sell the property to the state at a handsome profit. The reporter for Liberal POV believed the story to be true, since another member of the Board of Regents had provided him the information.
If Jerome brings suit against Liberal POV for defamation, he most likely will:Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a famous actor, appearing in very popular films. After surfing the internet he notices pictures on a few websites like TMZ and Perez Hilton, with pictures purporting to be of him. However, it’s not HIS photo. It’s his head photo-shopped onto someone else’s body, in a strange and awkward pose. He is dressed only in skimpy underwear. The Body itself isn’t a bad one, but between the underwear, the posing and the surrounding area that looks like a hotel room, the entire photo looks a bit silly, perhaps as if he was drunkenly fooling around. He is quite upset and wants the photo removed immediately. He comes to you, his lawyer.
Analyze what claims he has, if any, and what their strengths and weaknesses might be.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.
Dr. Jeff is a prominent and famous music professor at Berklee School of Music. He is a well-regarded band director, composer and musician, known mainly for conducting his classical pieces. The Boston Globe, the local newspaper, runs an article stating that Dr. Jeff was at a Lady Gaga concert and appeared to be immensely enjoying himself. The article went on to say that Dr. Jeff has been a huge fan of Lady Gaga for quite some time, and at the concert he was seen trying to get backstage to beg for an autograph. None of this is true, and in fact, Dr. Jeff was in an all-night rehearsal with his orchestra while the concert was going on. He comes to you to see if he has a claim for defamation.
How do you advise him?
Assume that the statements are defamatory in nature, and that the newspaper reporter that wrote the article was told by a concert goer that Dr. Jeff was there. The concert goer was a student of Dr. Jeff’s. Discuss Dr. Jeff’s claim, and if there are any other facts you need from Dr. Jeff.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.