Gohari v. Darvish

363 Md. 42, 767 A.2d 321 (2001)

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Gohari v. Darvish

Maryland Court of Appeals
363 Md. 42, 767 A.2d 321 (2001)

Facts

John Darvish (defendant) owned and operated a group of car-dealer franchises (Darcars). Shahriar Gohari (plaintiff) was vice-president and comptroller of Darcars’ Toyota dealership. Gohari left and entered into an agreement to buy a competing Toyota dealership. Gohari needed approval from Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors, Inc. (CATD). In response to CATD’s request, Darvish told CATD that Gohari lacked the necessary experience, capacity, and character; had left Darcars without notice; and had manipulated numbers to inflate his compensation. CATD required that Gohari hire a general manager before it would approve the franchise transfer. Gohari’s agreement expired before he could obtain approval. Gohari sued Darvish for defamation. The jury found for Gohari. The court of appeals reversed and remanded to permit Darvish to assert a qualified-privilege defense. Gohari’s certiorari petition was granted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Harrell, J.)

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