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Court rules for airline in pilot defamation claim

Ruling that airlines have broad immunity from lawsuits under a post-9/11 security law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a $1.4 million defamation judgment awarded to a pilot who was reported by his employer as mentally unstable and potentially armed.

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Justices hear dispute between airline, pilot (UPDATE)

The U.S. Supreme Court questioned Monday whether a Wisconsin airline can be held liable for reporting one of its pilots as mentally unstable and potentially armed. Federal authorities pulled the pilot off a flight on which he was a passenger, but found no cause for concern.

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Critical online reviews can carry legal risks

A Minnesota doctor took offense when a patient's son posted critical remarks about him on some rate-your-doctor websites, including a comment by a nurse who purportedly called the physician "a real tool."

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Wis. holistic healer wins $1 million defamation award

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a Twin Cities television station says a $1 million defamation award will be appealed. A Dakota County jury awarded a holistic healer from Hudson, Wis., compensatory damages in a 2009 story aired by KSTP-TV about the woman’s treatment of a patient. The case involves naturopathy as an alternative to medicine. KSTP’s story said Susan ...

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Minnesota CEO receives $4M award for defamation

By Patrick Thornton Dolan Media Newswires A recent $4 million arbitration award in favor of a Minnesota man who was terminated from the company he founded highlights how important it is for a board of directors to be certain of what they say about former employees and to follow employment agreements to the letter. The arbitrator found that because the ...

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2010AP1992 Anderson v. Hebert

Torts Defamation; workers compensation The Worker’s Compensation Act is not the exclusive remedy when an employer defames a former employee. “The County also contends Wisconsin courts have applied the exclusive remedy provision to bar claims arising from post-termination injuries other than defamation. The County principally relies on Pederson & Voechting v. Kromrey, 201 Wis. 599, 231 N.W. 267 (1930). There, ...

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2010AP489 Krans v. Wicklund, et al.

Torts Defamation; limited purpose public figures Thomas Krans appeals a summary judgment order dismissing his defamation claims against Robert Wicklund and Dennis Newingham. Krans contends that there are genuine issues of material fact as to whether a pamphlet authored and distributed by Wicklund and Newingham at an Aurora town board meeting contained statements defamatory to Krans, precluding summary judgment. We ...

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