Torts Keyed to Epstein
Mims v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Plaintiff was employed by Defendant for 32 years. He did not contribute to a political campaign fund and was terminated shortly thereafter. Plaintiff believed his termination was a result of his failure to contribute, so he contacted his friend, Senator Sparkman of Alabama, and asked him to inquire of Defendant as to why Plaintiff had been fired. Defendant’s president responded to Senator Sparkman with a lengthy letter detailing Plaintiff’s failings as an employee and denying that the termination was related to the political campaign fund. Defendant’s president had dictated the contents of the letter to a corporate stenographer, who had transcribed and mailed the letter. Plaintiff brought suit for libel in federal court, asserting that the contents of the letter were false and made with malice. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Defendant, and Plaintiff appealed.
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