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Pierce v. The Clarion Ledger

United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
452 F. Supp. 2d 661 (2006)


Robert Pierce (plaintiff) was an official with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Pierce arranged for airplanes owned by the state to be used by an aide of a United States senator from Mississippi for personal use. The Clarion Ledger (defendant) obtained this information from a state official. The reporter who was given the information promised not to publish the information until it was verified. However, The Clarion Ledger published the information without verification and alleged that Pierce had made the arrangements in order to secure appointment to the head position of a federal drug program in Mississippi. Pierce was, in fact, appointed to that position. Pierce sued The Clarion Ledger and its publisher (defendant) for breach of contract based on the reporter’s promise to the state official. The Clarion Ledger and its publisher filed a motion for summary judgment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Lee, J.)

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