Magenis v. Fisher Broadcasting, Inc.
Oregon Court of Appeals
798 P.2d 1106 (1990)
Police officers executed a search at the home of Timothy and Kathy Magenis and their children (the Magenises) (plaintiffs). A film crew employed by Fisher Broadcasting, Inc. (Fisher) (defendant) accompanied the police officers, filmed the raid, and broadcast the video over Fisher’s television station, KATU (defendant). The Magenises sued, alleging that Fisher and KATU placed the Magenises in a false light by broadcasting that the Magenises were involved with stolen vehicles and narcotics. The trial court dismissed the false-light claim because it was essentially a libel or slander claim and was therefore barred by the one-year statute of limitations for libel and slander. The Magenises appealed, arguing that false light is an invasion-of-privacy claim and was timely brought within the two-year catchall statute of limitations for torts.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Buttler, J.)
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