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Sanders v. Daniel International Corporation

682 S.W.2d 803 (1984)

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Sanders v. Daniel International Corporation

Missouri Supreme Court

682 S.W.2d 803 (1984)

Facts

Robert A. Sanders (plaintiff) and six coworkers at the Daniel International Corporation (Daniel) (defendant) were arrested and charged with theft from their workplace. The charges were dropped after the prosecutor determined there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal trial. Thereafter, Sanders sued Daniel for malicious prosecution. The jury returned a verdict for Sanders and awarded him $100,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages. Daniel appealed and argued that the applied law improperly defined the malice necessary for a malicious-prosecution claim because it used the malice-in-law definition, which only required a finding that Daniel committed a wrongful act intentionally without just cause or excuse.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Welliver, J.)

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