Defamation and Standing: Who is Defamed?

David A. Szwak

Defamation and Standing: Who is Defamed?

Postby David A. Szwak » Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:33 pm

Conway v. Signal Oil & Gas Co., 229 Ga. 849, 851, 194 S.E.2d 909 [1972]

Defendant had issued the plaintiff's husband a credit card. Even though the plaintiff had never used the card, the defendant had attempted to collect the debt by calling the plaintiff's employer. The Georgia Supreme Court held that because under Georgia law a wife is not liable for any credit extended unless she has accepted goods with the knowledge that she may be held liable, the defendant could not "reasonably infer that the plaintiff had assumed the account...." Id. at 851, 194 S.E.2d 909. The Court thus held that the letter to the employer was libelous per se.

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