Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Grapevine Type Evidence Not Enough for Slander


Almost every employment defamation case features an element of grapevine knowledge, that is never attributable to any source. Although it seems obvious that such unattributed statements are not a sufficient foundation for a defamation claim, because it shows up in so many cases, it is always nice to have a case which has that explicit holding. Trostle v. Combs (Tx. Ct. App. - Austin 4/3/03) does so. It also threw out a more specific allegation for lack of evidence based on personal knowledge.


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