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Machleder v. Diaz

801 F.2d 46 (1986)

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Machleder v. Diaz

United States Court of Appeals for the Second District

801 F.2d 46 (1986)

Facts

Arnold Diaz (defendant) was a reporter for WCBS-TV, a news channel by CBS, Inc (CBS) (defendant). One day, Diaz and his news crew ambushed Irving Machleder (plaintiff), the owner of a company that disposes of hazardous chemicals. With cameras rolling, Diaz asked Machleder a myriad of questions regarding the hazardous-material containers found near Machleder’s property. Machleder made it clear that he did not want to be interviewed and then began shouting at the crew to get the camera out of his face. The ambush was aired on the news that evening. Machleder brought suit against Diaz and CBS for false light. The jury found in favor of Machleder and awarded money damages. Posttrial, the court found that the jury’s award was not outrageous, that CBS acted with malice, and that the punitive damages were not excessive. CBS appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cardamone, J.)

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