Case Detail

Suzuki Motors Corp. v. Consumers Union
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.
Case Status:
Victory. Petition for Supreme Court review denied on 11/3/2003.
More Information and Downloads:
1/19/2000: Download the Brief

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