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Willing v. Mazzocone

393 A.2d 1155 (1978)

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Willing v. Mazzocone

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

393 A.2d 1155 (1978)

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Facts

Helen Willing (defendant) was represented by the law firm of Mazzocone and Quinn (the firm) (plaintiff) in a workers’ compensation case. Willing was indigent and believed that the firm stole $25 of the settlement that was obtained in the case. Because of this, Willing demonstrated in a heavily trafficked area near City Hall, wearing a sign that accused the firm of stealing money from her and selling her out to the insurance company. While demonstrating, Willing pushed a shopping cart with an American flag, rang a cow bell, and blew on a whistle. Willing refused a request from the firm to stop demonstrating, and the firm sued her in equity, seeking an injunction against further demonstrations. The trial court found that the firm clearly did not steal from Willing and that Willing refused to believe convincing proof of this fact. The trial court entered an injunction against further unlawful demonstration containing defamatory and libelous statements against the firm. Willing appealed to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, which only slightly modified the injunction. Willing appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Manderino, J.)

Concurrence (Roberts, J.)

Dissent (Eagen, C.J.)

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