Published: January 21, 2013
Tags: conspiracy to defame, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, Top Ten Jury Verdicts, Top Ten Jury Verdicts of 2012, tortious interference
In November, the former principal of a successful charter school won a disputed $155.7 million verdict against the city manager for destroying her reputation.
The former principal of a successful charter school has won a disputed $155.7 million verdict against the city manager for destroying her reputation.
A jury has awarded a Maryland father $720,000 in his lawsuit against his former wife and three other people, in which he claimed his ex-wife encouraged their 16-year-old daughter to run away and allowed her to marry rather than honor a court order granting him custody.
Published: September 18, 2012
Tags: battery, civil rights, false arrest, false imprisonment, grandparent, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, kidnapping, loss of consortium, Maryland, police, prison
A Baltimore, Md. grandfather who was beaten while in jail with his wife on allegedly trumped-up charges of kidnapping their grandchild will receive $500,000 from the city under a recently approved out-of-court settlement.
Marking a breakthrough for pet lovers, a California court has ruled that an ill-natured homeowner must pay for the emotional distress caused by his beating of his neighbors’ dog with a baseball bat.
On one side, Christopher Armstrong, an openly gay former University of Michigan student body president, claimed that a series of blog attacks and stalking incidents from a then-assistant attorney general was defamatory, and constituted invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
On the other side, defendant Andrew Shirvell, who represented himself, maintained he was within his First Amendment rights to say what he did about Armstrong’s supposed “radical homosexual agenda.”
A federal court jury found that Shirvell was wrong and his actions were enough to merit $4.5 million in damages.
Published: July 30, 2012
Tags: abuse of process, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, judicial proceedings privilege, misappropriation of trade secrets, trespass
A law firm and its attorneys were immune from tort claims arising from the search of a home pursuant to discovery orders issued in a client’s civil case, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled in affirming a dismissal.
A shopper could not sue Target for violating his civil rights by allegedly denying him service because he’s Hispanic, the 11th Circuit has ruled in affirming a dismissal.
A New York man who spent more than two decades in prison for rape and was later exonerated by DNA evidence has won an $18 million verdict against the City of New York, claiming it thwarted his efforts to obtain that evidence for years.
WASHINGTON – In a case involving a controversial Topeka, Kan., church whose members travel the country to protest at the funerals of fallen soldiers, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court struggled to draw the line between protected speech and tortious activity.