Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Ah, the Jersey shore with its seaside boardwalks filled with games, rides, and fun foods. And apparently tortious behavior.
In Senna v. Florimant (pdf), the owner of a Wildwood boardwalk game of chance sued a competitor for defamation and tortious interference with business. The defendant's employees told boardwalk customers (over a loudspeaker system) that the plaintiff was a "crook," and "dishonest," and that the plaintiff would not honor prize tickets. In a decision released yesterday, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the defendant was not entitled to the heightened actual-malice standard applied to speech involving public figures.
(Via Legal Profession Blog).