Mitchell v. Globe International Publishing, Inc. (1993)

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Plaintiff Nellie Mitchell, 96, sued defendant Globe International Publishing, Inc., after the defendant's tabloid Sun published her photo above the headline, "World's oldest newspaper carrier, 101, quits because she's pregnant!" After the district court denied the publisher's motion for summary judgment, Mitchell v. Globe Int'l Pub'g, Inc., 773 F. Supp. 1235 (W.D. Ark. 1991), the case was tried to a jury.

The jury awarded compensatory damages of $650,000 and punitive damages of $850,000. The publisher then moved for a remittitur. In Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International, Inc., 786 F. Supp. 791 (W.D. Ark. 1992), the district court denied the defendant's motion for remittitur. This denial was ultimately reversed on appeal. Peoples Bank & Trust Co. of Mountain Home v. Globe Int'l Pub'g, Inc., 978 F.2d 1065 (8th Cir. 1992).

The case was remanded for entry of a remittitur, and Mitchell v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 817 F. Supp. 72 (W.D. Ark. 1993), is the district court's decision on remand.

U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, Harrison Division

817 F. Supp. 72

NELLIE MITCHELL  v.  GLOBE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING, INC., D/B/A "SUN"

No. Civ. 91-3001. --- Decided: Mar. 15, 1993. 

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

Phillip H. McMath, McMath Law Firm, Little Rock, AR, Roy E. Danuser, Mountain Home, AR, for plaintiff.

Phillip S. Anderson, John E. Tull, Williams & Anderson, Little Rock, AR, for defendant.

[Memorandum opinion by Chief Judge HUGH FRANKLIN WATERS.]

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