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Bindrim v. Mitchell
Citation:92 Cal. App.3d 61, 155 Cal. Rptr. 29 (1979)
Paul Bindrim (Plaintiff) was a licensed psychologist who ran a nude-therapy program. He sued Gwen Davis Mitchell (Defendant), a novelist who contracted with co-defendant Doubleday to publish a novel based on the nude-therapy technique, for defamation based on the novel. Mitchell had registered for the program run by Bindrim. To register, Mitchell signed a contract that prohibited her from writing or disclosing what transpired in the nude-therapy sessions. However, she published the novel despite this contract. Plaintiff alleged that he could be identified as the main character in the novel.
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