Anderson v. Fisher Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

300 Or. 452, 712 P.2d 803 (1986)

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Anderson v. Fisher Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Oregon Supreme Court
300 Or. 452, 712 P.2d 803 (1986)

Facts

A television cameraman for Fisher Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (FBC) (defendant) took a photograph of a car accident. Richard Anderson (plaintiff) was injured in the car accident and was shown in the photo with injuries and receiving medical treatment. FBC never used the photo in a news story about the wreck, but it later used it as part of an advertisement for a news report on a new system that was going to be used for dispatching medical aid to emergencies. Anderson sued for mental anguish due to FBC’s violation of his privacy rights. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of FBC on the grounds that the photo was newsworthy, and Anderson appealed. The court of appeals held that there was an issue of fact that should have been allowed to proceed to trial on whether the photo was newsworthy. FBC appealed the appellate court’s holding.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Linde, J.)

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