Torts Keyed to Prosser
Sanders v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al.
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Defendant Lescht, a reporter for Defendant ABC, went undercover, obtaining employment as a telepsychic with the Psychic Marketing Group (PMG). Plaintiff Sanders was an employee of PMG. While working for PMG, Defendant Lescht wore a wire and videotaped with a hat camera various conversations with PMG coworkers, including Plaintiff. Plaintiff sued Defendants for invasion of privacy by intrusion. A jury found in favor of Plaintiff, but the appellate court reversed, finding that because the jury found for the defense on another cause of action (violation of Penal Code s.632), Plaintiff could have no reasonable expectation of privacy in his workplace conversations because they could be overheard by coworkers in shared office space.
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