Slanderous Scenarios: Douchebag Shock Jock

Slanderous Scenarios: Douchebag Shock Jock - Damages With...

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Publication Yes, an article was published from a local newspaper. Identification Yes, Vinnie was identified in the newspaper by name. Defamation Yes, the local newspaper included defamatory claims from a former boss of Vinnie making concrete assertions that were harmful to his reputation. These claims against Vinnie were a direct shot to his reputation, declaring him an alcoholic and sexually harassing women at work. Falsity As the plaintiff, Vinnie has the burden to prove that the claims made are false and a reckless disregard for the truth. Fault For this matter, being a DJ at a local radio includes Vinnie under the same category as a limited public official. Therefore, he must prove reckless disregard for the truth about his performance and interactions with other work colleagues.
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Unformatted text preview: Damages With the humiliation and emotional pain suffered, Vinnie should be receiving general and punitive damages for enduring a barrage of criticism regarding sexual harassment and being an alcoholic in addition to the local paper not investigating to check their sources. Ruling: Yes, Vinnie’s has a case for libel lawsuit against his former boss and can pursue legal actions. Ultimately since the local newspaper published words of his former boss at MTV depicting him as an alcoholic and a contributor of sexual harassment these are words that Vinnie can prove these statements as A) concrete assertions, B) harmful to one’s reputation. Further, Vinnie has the opportunity to receive more in damages with filing for general and punitive....
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