Donald Trump, not one to shy away from the headlines, reportedly has dismissed his defamation lawsuit against comedian Bill Mahr. Trump sued Mahr over his offer to donate $5 million to charity if Trump could prove that he was not the progeny of an orangutan. Trump, clearly irate, sued Mahr for defamation, however, the lawsuit, if only based on those comments, would be frivolous and without legal foundation because that kind of comment is not defamatory for a number of reasons.
The Chicago Tribune reports that two brewery business partners, Isaac Showaki and Andres Araya, are engaged in litigation over a widespread dispute. Having met 7 years ago while working for Bain Capital and consulting in Latin America for a brewer, the business partners set up a brewery in Chicago a bit less than two years.
Despite commercial success, including distribution deals with several local Chipotle franchises as well as other accolades, the business partners have a deeply personal dispute that has boiled over into the courtrooms.
Business owners need to understand how the law can protect them against competitors and insulate them from customer lawsuits. To reinforce this lesson, consider Beef Products, Inc., a closely held South Dakota company that faced severe consequences from negative reports regarding their processed beef product. When businesses are losing money stemming from interference with existing or future business relationships, business should contact a business attorney who can look at all of their options to remedy this threat and mitigate harm, including through litigation.
The Wall Street Journal, among others, is reporting that Beef Products Inc., , has sued ABC for defamation, tortious interference with contract (business relationship), and a state anti-food disparagement statute, among other claims. The beef company also named Diana Sawyer, who reported on the story for ABC and microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein, who as a USDA food inspector investigating a food bacteria outbreak in 2002 toured a BPI plant and coined the term "pink slime" to describe their product. BPI is suing these defendants for $1.20 billion, representing lost profits stemming from the alleged defamatory reporting and characterization of their product.
Rishi Nair owns Nair Law LLC and practices as Of Counsel at Keener and Associates, P.C.