Defenses to Defamation Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy are United States Senators from Virginia and Massachusetts respectively. Senator Byrd has proposed a new tax bill that Senator Kennedy opposes. While they are debating the bill on the senate floor one day, Senator Byrd gets so frustrated with Senator Kennedy that he yells out “You drunk Boston bum. If you ever came to work sober, even for five minutes, you would see why we need to pass this bill.” Outraged at the implication that he drinks too much, Senator Kennedy sues Senator Byrd for defamation. Senator Kennedy will probably:
Choice 1 Win, because Senator Byrd’s comments were made in public
Choice 2 Win, because Senator Kennedy was highly offended by the statements
Choice 3 Lose, because Senator Byrd made the statements on the Senate floor
Choice 4 Lose, because Senator Kennedy is being overly sensitive
Ivan is arrested and put on trial for insider trading and other securities law violations. Michael, the government’s star witness, is being questioned by the government’s attorney. The attorney asks Michael if he had any knowledge that Ivan had been making illegal stock trades. Michael answers by saying “I had seen that Ivan was making more money than usual and then I saw a memo that he wrote to his brother, saying that he had some secret information about a company that he was going to buy stock in. By the way, Ivan has also been cheating on his wife for the past six years.” If Ivan sues Michael for defamation, he will probably:
Choice 1 Win, because Michael’s comments were made in public
Choice 2 Win, because Michael’s statement about Ivan’s fidelity had nothing to do with the trial
Choice 3 Lose, because Michael made the statements during a judicial proceeding
Choice 4 Lose, because Ivan is being overly sensitive
Maurice and Barry are brothers. One day, Barry is approached by Robyn, an acquaintance of Maurice’s. Robyn asks Barry if Barry can lend him some money. Maurice tells Barry not to lend Robyn any money because Robyn is a deadbeat who doesn’t pay his debts. Barry refuses to lend Robyn the money. If Robyn sues Maurice for defamation, he will probably win:
True
False
Maurice and Barry are good friends. One day, Barry is approached by Robyn, an acquaintance of Maurice’s. Robyn asks Barry if Barry can lend him some money. Maurice tells Barry not to lend Robyn any money because Robyn is a deadbeat who doesn’t pay his debts. Barry refuses to lend Robyn the money. If Robyn sues Maurice for defamation, he will probably win:
True
False
Maurice and Barry are good friends. One day, Barry is approached by Robyn, an acquaintance of Maurice’s. Robyn asks Barry if Barry can lend him some money. Barry asks Maurice whether or not he should lend Robyn the money and Maurice tells Barry not to lend Robyn any money because Robyn is a deadbeat who doesn’t pay his debts. Barry refuses to lend Robyn the money. If Robyn sues Maurice for defamation, he will probably win:
True
False
Maurice and Barry are good friends. One day, Barry is approached by Robyn, an acquaintance of Maurice’s. Robyn asks Barry if Barry can lend him some money. Barry asks Maurice whether or not he should lend Robyn the money and Maurice tells Barry not to lend Robyn any money because Robyn is a deadbeat who doesn’t pay his debts. Maurice knows that Robyn is actually very good about repaying his debts but he doesn’t particularly like Robyn and doesn’t want to see Barry lend him any money. Barry refuses to lend Robyn the money. If Robyn sues Maurice for defamation, he will probably win:
True
False
Maurice and Barry are good friends. One day, Barry is approached by Robyn, an acquaintance of Maurice’s. Robyn asks Barry if Barry can lend him some money. Barry asks Maurice whether or not he should lend Robyn the money and Maurice tells Barry not to lend Robyn any money because Robyn is a deadbeat who doesn’t pay his debts. Maurice then repeats the conversation to his other friend Mike. Barry refuses to lend Robyn the money. If Robyn sues Maurice for defamation, he will probably win:
True
False
Bill and George are each running for president. In one of his campaign speeches, George says “My opponent is a no-nothing hick with no sense of morals.” The speech is broadcast the next day by a popular New York radio station. If Bill sues the radio station for publishing George’s defamatory statement, he will win:
True
False
Bill and George are each running for president. In one of his campaign speeches, George says “My opponent is a no-nothing hick with no sense of morals.” The speech is re-broadcast the next day by a popular New York radio station. If Bill sues the radio station for re-publishing George’s defamatory statement, he will win:
True
False

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