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Torts Keyed to Prosser
Murrell v. Goertz
Citation:597 P.2d 1223
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Bruce Goertz (defendant-appellee) made monthly collections for the Daily Oklahoman newspaper one morning. When he encountered C.L. Murrell (plaintiff-appellant), she questioned him regarding damage to her screen door that was caused by one of the Daily Oklahoman’s newspaper carriers throwing a newspaper into it. The conversation between Goertz and Murrell escalated into a physical altercation. Murrell slapped Goertz. In return, Goertz struck Murrell, who was subsequently hospitalized and required medical treatment as a result of the blow. Murrell filed suit against both Goertz and the Oklahoma Publishing Company (the publisher of the Daily Oklahoman), seeking damages for Goertz’s alleged assault and battery. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of co-defendant Oklahoma Publishing Company. Murrell appealed the trial court’s decision, contending that Goertz was a servant of the Oklahoma Publishing Company.
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