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Sindorf v. Jacron Sales Co.

27 Md. App. 53, 341 A.2d 856 (1975), 276 Md. 580, 350 A.2d 688 (1976)

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Sindorf v. Jacron Sales Co.

Maryland Court of Special Appeals

27 Md. App. 53, 341 A.2d 856 (1975), 276 Md. 580, 350 A.2d 688 (1976)

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Facts

Sindorf (plaintiff) worked for Jacron Sales Co. (Jacron) (defendant). Sindorf resigned and upon his resignation, Jacron withheld some of Sindorf’s commissions due to his sales practices. In return, Sindorf kept some of his inventory as collateral while he waited for full payment. Sindorf then went to work for Tool Box Corporation (Tool Box). Subsequently, Bob Fridkis, Vice President of Jacron, called William Brose, the President of Tool Box to discuss Sindorf. Fridkis and Brose were close personal friends and even though they worked for competing companies had developed a close business relationship over the years. Fridkis wanted to see if Sindorf had started working for Tool Box before he left Jacron. During the call, Fridkis stated that Sindorf had been fired and also told Brose about Sindorf’s missing inventory, suggesting that Brose watch his inventory closely. Sindorf brought a defamation suit against Jacron. The trial court granted Jacron’s motion for a directed verdict, holding that Fridkis’s conversation was conditionally privileged and that no malice was proven. Sindorf appealed.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Orth, C.J.)

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