Torts Keyed to Twerski
Van-Go Transport Co., Inc. v. New York City Board of Education
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Van-Go Transport Company, Inc. (Van-Go), Sterling Coach, and Celebrity Transit were public transportation companies. Sterling Coach and Celebrity proposed a contract with the New York City Board of Education but their contract was denied because of information regarding Sterling Coach and Celebrity Transit being involved in criminal activity. In New York City, when companies placed a bid to contract with the city, the companies had to go through an electronic system called Vendex where they answered a questionnaire. One of the questions in the question asked whether the companies were subject to any legal investigations and both Sterling Coach and Celebrity transit answered that they have been investigated for paying gratuities to government officials. The information obtained from Vendex was put in the public files for Van-Go, Sterling Coach, and Celebrity Transit. Van-Go, Sterling Coach, and Celebrity Transit sued New York City Board of Education (Board) for defamation. The Board moved for summary judgment on the basis that Van-Go, Sterling Coach, and Celebrity Transit put that information into Vendex on their own accord.
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