Forsythe v. Durham

CourtNew York Court of Appeals
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation270 N.Y. 141,200 N.E. 674
Decision Date03 March 1936
PartiesFORSYTHE v. DURHAM.

270 N.Y. 141
200 N.E. 674

FORSYTHE
v.
DURHAM.

Court of Appeals of New York.

March 3, 1936.


Action by Erma Forsythe, an infant, by guardian ad litem, against Harold F. Durham. Judgment of Trial Term entered on a verdict for plaintiff was affirmed by the Appellate Division (242 App.Div. 855, 275 N.Y.S. 534), and defendant appeals.

Judgments of Appellate Division and Trial Term reversed, and complaint dismissed.


[270 N.Y. 141]Appeal from Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third department.

Lewis E. Mosher, of Elmira, and Sherman Moreland, of Van Etten, for appellant.

John D. O'Loughlin, of Endicott, and J. Laning Taylor, of Owego, for respondent.


[270 N.Y. 142]PER CURIAM.

In this action for slander defendant is principal of a high school and plaintiff was a student therein. Defendant's duty required him to communicate to the board of education the fact that rumors concerning plaintiff were circulated among the students and teachers. In so acting, he was protected by a qualified privilege and is free from liability unless his conduct resulted from malice. That there was no actual malice is conceded. There is no evidence that defendant acted with a wanton and reckless disregard of plaintiff's rights or otherwise than in good faith. Pecue v. West, 233 N.Y. 316, 322, 323, 135 N.E. 515.

The judgment of the Appellate Division and that of the Trial Term should be reversed and the complaint dismissed, with costs in all courts.

CRANE, C. J., and LEHMAN, O'BRIEN, HUBBS, CROUCH, LOUGHRAN, and FINCH, JJ., concur.

Judgments reversed, etc.

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  • Bakhshandeh v. American Cyanamid Company
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • November 19, 1962
    ...194 N.Y.S.2d 509, 163 N.E.2d 333 (1959); Loewinthan v. Beth David Hospital, 290 N.Y. 188, 190, 48 N.E.2d 319 (1943); Forsythe v. Durham, 270 N.Y. 141, 200 N.E. 674 (1936); Fowles v. Bowen, 30 N.Y. 20 (1864); Seelman, The Law of Libel and Slander in the State of New York 647-48, 653 (1st Ed.......
  • Teichner v. Bellan
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 5, 1959
    ...belief in the truthfulness of the defamatory matter (Andrews v. Gardiner, 224 N.Y. 440, 121 N.E. 341, 2 A.L.R. 1371; Forsythe v. Durham, 270 N.Y. 141, 200 N.E. 674; Loewinthan v. LeVine, 299 N.Y. 372, 87 N.E.2d 303; 3 Restatement, Torts, §§ 599-601; § 603). The complaint in this case allege......
  • McAulay v. Maloff
    • United States
    • New York City Court
    • May 27, 1975
    ...his supervisors. (Walker v. Best, 107 A.D. 304, 95 N.Y.S. 151; cf. Green v. Kinsella, 36 A.D.2d 677, 319 N.Y.S.2d 780; Forsythe v. Durham, 270 N.Y. 141, 200 N.E. In order to overcome that privilege malice must be shown (Andrews v. Gardiner, 224 N.Y. 440, 446, 121 N.E. 341, 343). In the comp......
3 cases
  • Bakhshandeh v. American Cyanamid Company
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • November 19, 1962
    ...194 N.Y.S.2d 509, 163 N.E.2d 333 (1959); Loewinthan v. Beth David Hospital, 290 N.Y. 188, 190, 48 N.E.2d 319 (1943); Forsythe v. Durham, 270 N.Y. 141, 200 N.E. 674 (1936); Fowles v. Bowen, 30 N.Y. 20 (1864); Seelman, The Law of Libel and Slander in the State of New York 647-48, 653 (1st Ed.......
  • Teichner v. Bellan
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 5, 1959
    ...belief in the truthfulness of the defamatory matter (Andrews v. Gardiner, 224 N.Y. 440, 121 N.E. 341, 2 A.L.R. 1371; Forsythe v. Durham, 270 N.Y. 141, 200 N.E. 674; Loewinthan v. LeVine, 299 N.Y. 372, 87 N.E.2d 303; 3 Restatement, Torts, §§ 599-601; § 603). The complaint in this case allege......
  • McAulay v. Maloff
    • United States
    • New York City Court
    • May 27, 1975
    ...his supervisors. (Walker v. Best, 107 A.D. 304, 95 N.Y.S. 151; cf. Green v. Kinsella, 36 A.D.2d 677, 319 N.Y.S.2d 780; Forsythe v. Durham, 270 N.Y. 141, 200 N.E. In order to overcome that privilege malice must be shown (Andrews v. Gardiner, 224 N.Y. 440, 446, 121 N.E. 341, 343). In the comp......

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