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New England Tractor-Trailer Training of Connecticut, Inc. v. Globe Newspaper Company
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
480 N.E.2d 1005 (1985)
The Boston Globe published a series of articles on the private vocational-training industry. Some of these articles mentioned the New England Tractor-Trailer Training school, which was described as employing unqualified instructors and unsafe trucks. The articles did not mention the state in which the school was located, though investigations by Massachusetts state officials were mentioned. New England Tractor-Trailer Training of Connecticut, Inc. (NETTT-Conn) (plaintiff) and New England Tractor-Trailer Training of Massachusetts, Inc. (NETTT-Mass) (plaintiff) filed separate defamation complaints against Globe Newspaper Company (Globe) (defendant). The NETTT-Mass complaint was dismissed with prejudice. The NETTT-Conn complaint was subject to summary judgment for Globe. NETTT-Conn appealed. The appellate court reversed. Globe appealed. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Liacos, J.)
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