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Hall v. Post

North Carolina Supreme Court
372 S.E.2d 711 (N.C. 1988)


Rose Post (defendant) published two articles in a local newspaper that detailed the true story of Mary Hall’s adoption of Susie Hall. Susie’s birth parents were carnival folk and her father had arranged for a babysitter, Mary, to look after Susie for a few weeks while he moved on to the next carnival site. However, the father later authorized Susie’s adoption and Mary adopted her. The Halls brought suit against Post, seeking to establish the tort of invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts in North Carolina. Post moved for summary judgment which was granted by the trial court. The court of appeals reversed. Post appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Mitchell, J.)

Concurrence (Frye, J.)

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