Plaintiff's Status as a Consideration in Misrepresentation and Promissory Estoppel Cases Against the Media

Journal of Media Law & Ethics, Vol. 2, Nos. 3/4, p. 215, Summer/Fall 2010

28 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2012

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Jasmine E. McNealy

University of Florida - College of Journalism & Communication

Date Written: August 1, 2010

Abstract

False statements or unfulfilled promises made to news sources can be a source of legal liability for news organizations for fraudulent misrepresentation and promissory estoppel. Both torts require the plaintiff to have reasonably relied upon statements made by the defendant, among other elements. Unlike libel and privacy torts, however, there is no formal inquiry as to the status of the plaintiff. This article examines the effect of imposing an inquiry as to the status of the plaintiff in relation to the defendant or the circumstances in newsgathering cases. The article argues that such an inquiry should be required and finds that it could significantly change the jurisprudence concerning false statements made by journalists.

Keywords: media, press, journalism, promissory estoppel, fraud, newsgathering, misrepresentation, reasonableness

Suggested Citation

McNealy, Jasmine E., Plaintiff's Status as a Consideration in Misrepresentation and Promissory Estoppel Cases Against the Media (August 1, 2010). Journal of Media Law & Ethics, Vol. 2, Nos. 3/4, p. 215, Summer/Fall 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2031105

Jasmine E. McNealy (Contact Author)

University of Florida - College of Journalism & Communication ( email )

3062 Weimer Hall
PO Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
United States

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