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Martha Stewart, the heroine of home life, is arrested and charged with the crime of quot;insider tradingquot; of
stock in Martha Stewart, Inc. In the course of the trial, Martha testifies under oath. When asked if she
ever bought or sold stock on the basis of inside information, Martha states: quot;I have never traded stock
using insider information but Oprah trades all the time using such information. Oprah consults a psychic
who reads the Wall Street Journal and quot;seesquot; into the company’s secret financial information. Oprah
then trades stock based on this information.quot;
Nick Nosey is a reporter at the trial. He knows for a fact that Oprah Winfrey would never use inside
information as the basis of a stock trade- in fact, he knows that Oprah does not own and never has
owned any stock at all. Nonetheless, he captions his daily newspaper column on the Stewart trial with
the phrase quot;Martha Stewart Accuses Oprah of Insider Tradingquot;. In the article, Nosey merely repeats the
headline and then writes about the lawyer’s summations and a description of Ms. Stewart’s outfit and
demeanor. Nosey wrote that Ms. Stewart seemed nervous and distracted when asked about the stock
transactions that were the basis of her arrest.
1. Oprah Winfrey is furious. She consults you, a lawyer who specializes in Defamation lawsuits,
about the possibility of suing Martha Stewart and Nick Nosey for defamation. What would you
advise Ms. Winfrey? Be sure to discuss fully and consider any defenses defendants might raise.
2. Martha Stewart consults you, a lawyer who specializes in Defamation lawsuits, about the
possibility of suing Nick Nosey for his statement that Ms. Stewart seemed quot;nervous and
distracted.quot; Ms. Stewart says this makes it sound as though she were not telling the truth at
trial. What would you advise Ms. Stewart? Be sure to discuss fully and consider any defenses
that Nosey could raise.
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