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Spilfogel v. Fox News Broadcasting Co.

433 Fed. Appx. 724, 2011 WL 2623578 (2011)

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Spilfogel v. Fox News Broadcasting Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

433 Fed. Appx. 724, 2011 WL 2623578 (2011)

Facts

Arlene Spilfogel (plaintiff) was featured in an episode of the television show COPS, which was broadcasted by Fox News Broadcasting Co. (Fox) (defendant). The episode depicted Spilfogel on a public street after a traffic stop. Spilfogel was shown to be upset with her daughter, to have her cell phone in a plastic bag in her purse, and to have a trunk full of items supposedly for hurricane victims. After the episode aired, Spilfogel filed suit against Fox, claiming invasion of privacy by way of public disclosure of private facts and intrusion upon seclusion. The district court granted Fox’s motion to dismiss, finding that Spilfogel failed to state a cause of action. Spilfogel appealed, alleging that recording her private activities constituted an invasion of privacy by way of public disclosure or private facts and intrusion upon seclusion.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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