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Quinn v. Straus Broadcasting Group, Inc.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
309 F. Supp. 1208 (1970)
In September 1969, Dominic Quinn (plaintiff) signed a contract with WMCA, a radio station in New York City, to serve as a talk-show host. The contract described Quinn’s position as staff announcer. Quinn was to be paid $50,000 the first year. If the contract was extended, it would renew at rates of $57,500 and $65,000 for the second and third years, respectively. Four months after Quinn began working, he was fired. Although WMCA offered Quinn the remainder of his $50,000 salary, he rejected the offer and filed a lawsuit. Quinn sued for $500,000 on each of three counts: wrongful discharge, loss of opportunity, and loss of reputation. Quinn filed for loss of opportunity under the theory that his services were unique and necessitated a public audience to build his reputation. Regarding loss of reputation, Quinn claimed he had been subjected to public ridicule that had caused permanent damage to his reputation. WMCA’s parent company, Straus Broadcasting Group, Inc. (defendant), filed a motion to strike the request for $500,000 in damages on the first count and to strike the second and third counts altogether.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bonsal, J.)
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