Unite Here Gets $17M Verdict Nixed In Defamation Suit

Law360, New York (July 22, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has remanded a $17 million verdict against labor union Unite Here for its alleged defamation of a group of hospitals during a picketing campaign, saying the trial court gave bad instructions to jurors.

The trial court made a “harmful error because the instruction omitted a vital element of the case and misinformed the jury regarding the hospital's burden of proof,” Justice Arthur G. Scotland of the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, wrote Wednesday.

The case stemmed...
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