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DAVIS v. ROSS

September 21, 1984

GAIL DAVIS, Plaintiff, against DIANA ROSS, Defendant.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: CARTER

CARTER, District Judge

Plaintiff, Gail Davis, worked as an "executive assistant" to defendant Diana Ross, a nationally known singer and actress, from January to November, 1982. Plaintiff alleges that she resigned from her employment voluntarily. She further alleges that on or about October 11, 1983, defendant wrote and publicly disseminated the following letter:

 To whom it may concern:

 The following people are no longer in my employment:

 Carol Acquisto

 Deedy (Dorothy) Collins

 Susan Stratton

 Karen & Scott Webster

 Robin Bell

 Beth Pearl Kraft

 Gail Davis

 If I let an employee go, it's because either their work or their personal habits are not acceptable to me. I do not recommend these people. In fact, if you hear from these people, and they use my name as a reference, I wish to be contacted.

 /s/ Diana Ross

 Exh. A to Complaint. Plaintiff contends that she was libeled by this letter. Defendant moves to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. F.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). ...


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