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West v. Media General Convergence, Inc.

53 S.W.3d 640 (Tenn. 2001)

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West v. Media General Convergence, Inc.

Tennessee Supreme Court

53 S.W.3d 640 (Tenn. 2001)

Facts

Charmaine West operated a probation services company, First Alternative Probation Counseling Services, Inc. (plaintiffs), that took referrals from the courts. A television station aired a story claiming that the business was illegal, implying that West and one of the judges had a “cozy” improper relationship. West brought a federal lawsuit against the station operator, Media General Convergence, Inc. (defendant), for defamation and false-light invasion of privacy. On certification, the federal court asked the Tennessee Supreme Court whether state law recognized the tort, and if so, what were its elements and parameters.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Drowota, J.)

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