Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Bakery wins business litigation regarding defamation

Running any type of business can come with its challenges. Unfortunately, some situations can become even more difficult to handle when outside parties attempt to interfere with how a company operates. In some cases, a business's reputation could be put in jeopardy due to rumors, and it may take business litigation to rectify the situation.

Florida readers may be interested in a defamation suit that recently came to a ruling in another state. According to reports, students and staff members from a college began holding protests outside a local bakery after three college students were arrested there. The students were accused of attempting to buy alcohol illegally. The situation resulted in all three students being charged, and all three later pleaded guilty to the accusations.

Because the students were African-American, however, other parties claimed that they were racially profiled and that the bakery owners discriminated against them. As a result, fliers were handed out claiming that the business was a racist establishment and that customers should shop at other local bakeries. The owners of the bakery filed a defamation lawsuit as a result, and the jury concluded that the college was liable for defamation, intentional interference of business relationships and infliction of intentional emotional distress. The bakery was awarded $11 million as a result.

Damage to a company's reputation and interference with business operations can have substantial effects on the company. As a result, legal action may be necessary in order to pursue compensation for resulting damages. Florida business owners who believe that they have been subjected to such wrongdoing may wish to gain information on their business litigation options.

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