Kerry Hibdon v. George J. Grabowski, et al.

Kerry Hibdon v. George J. Grabowski, et al.

Plaintiff/Appellant owner of jet ski customizing business brought defamation action against defendants alleging libel, civil conspiracy and false light invasion of privacy stemming from statements defendants made about plaintiff, which were published on an Internet news group. The trial court held that venue was proper in Warren County, Tennessee, and that the court had jurisdiction over out-of-state resident defendants. Finding that plaintiff was a public figure for purposes of libel action, that plaintiff could not prove actual malice, and that plaintiff failed to show actual damage, the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants. Plaintiff appeals. We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge W. Frank Crawford
Originating Judge: 
Judge John A. Turnbull
Date Filed: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2005