Suzuki Motors Corp. v. Consumers Union
- Case Date: 1/19/2000
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On June 20, 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco reinstated a product disparagement suit filed by an automobile manufacturer against the magazine Consumer Reports, ruling that a business is enititled to bring tort claims to protect its good name from false reports. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief in the case in support of the manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corp. The court agreed with WLF's argument that Suzuki was entitled to a jury trial on its claim that Consumer Report had acted with malice when it published false information about the tendency of the Suzuki Samurai to tip over.
|Victory. Petition for Supreme Court review denied on 11/3/2003.|
More Information and Downloads:
1/19/2000: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Permits Businesses To Protect Their Good Names From False Reports