Globe Communications Case Summary

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The rule in question is whether Globe Communication Corp. violated libel tort law that is governed by the State of California. One week after O.J. Simpson was cleared of the murders of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Simpson, the front page of National Examiner proclaimed the following: “COPS THINK KATO DID IT.” The sub-headline said “Kato fears that the cops want him for perjury” according to his friends. National Examiner editor made a statement saying that the title of the article did not accurately reflect what was actually written in the article. Kaelin was a houseguest at Simpson estate and testified to several events in question involving the deaths of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Simpson. Kaelin demanded a retraction of the article, Globe refused, Kaelin then filed libel action lawsuit against Globe Communication. Did Globe Communication Corp. have the right to publish the article that would be damaging the reputation of Kato? Libel tort law is defamation to a person’s reputation by print, signs, effigies, pictures, writing or any communication. The California court decided that because this article was…show more content…
New Yorker Magazine it states that there must be clear intent to tarnish one’s reputation in order for libel tort law to come into effect. This case was very similar in regards that there was enough evidence that suggest there was intent to hurt the reputation of those mentioned in the articles. Also in the case Anderson v. Liberty Lobby it states the plaintiff must be able to prove that there was in fact damage done to one’s reputation and be able to proof to judges that there was actual malice. As with this case, the court of appeals must take in consideration if the ruling can be made in favor of the plaintiff and that if the summary judgement would go in favor of the plaintiff. The judges want to make sure that they are not wasting time and that there was actual damage done to the plaintiff which can be awarded for punitive
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