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Copeland v. Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.

Minnesota Court of Appeals
526 N.W.2d 402 (1995)


Facts

Sam Ulland, a veterinarian who was treating a cat owned by Greg and Betty Copeland (plaintiffs), was planning to visit their home when he asked if he could be accompanied by a student interested in veterinary medicine, Patty Johnson (defendant). The Copelands consented. Unbeknownst to them or to Ulland, Johnson worked for KSTP, a television station owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. (Hubbard) (defendant). KSTP was preparing an investigative report on local veterinarians, and Johnson was secretly videotaping Ulland’s activities. After Ulland and Johnson visited the Copelands, KSTP aired the report, which included video footage of the interior of the Copelands’ home. The Copelands sued Johnson and Hubbard in a Minnesota court for trespass. Defendants moved for summary judgment, which the court granted. The Copelands appealed.

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