Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International Publishing, Inc.

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Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International Publishing, Inc.
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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, which was denied. Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe Int'l, Inc., 786 F. Supp. 791 (W.D. Ark. 1992).

In Peoples Bank & Trust Co. of Mountain Home v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 978 F.2d 1065 (8th Cir. 1992), the court of appeals held that the district court should have granted remittitur. The jury's verdict was otherwise upheld. For the district court decision on remand, see Mitchell v. Globe Int'l Pub'g, Inc., 817 F. Supp. 72 (W.D. Ark. 1993).

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

978 F.2d 1065

PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST COMPANY OF MOUNTAIN HOME, CONSERVATOR OF THE ESTATE OF NELLIE MITCHELL, AN AGED PERSON,  v.  GLOBE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING, INC., DOING BUSINESS AS "SUN"

Appeal from U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas

No. 92-1522. --- Submitted: Sept. 17, 1992. Delivered: Feb. 21, 1992.
Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc Denied: Dec. 11, 1992 

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

Philip S. Anderson, Little Rock, Ark., argued (John E. Tull, III, Paul M. Levy, Michael B. Kahane and Phillip J. Zisook, on the brief), for appellant.

Phillip H. McMath and Sandy S. McMath, Little Rock, Ark., argued (Roy Danuser, Mountain Home, Ark., on the brief), for appellee.}}

[Before BOWMAN, Circuit Judge, and HEANEY and ROSS, Senior Circuit Judges. Opinion of the court by Judge HEANEY.]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).