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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 9, 2013

Head Comment: With concurring in part, dissenting in part opinion

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer E. Patterson, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Lori J. Keene, Memphis, Tennessee; and Alan Sowell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Natalie D. Grant-Herms.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Operations agent employed by Southwest Airlines brought an action against a passenger for posting allegedly false and defamatory statements on Twitter and Facebook regarding actions taken by agent when passenger attempted to board a flight. The trial court granted the passenger’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the statements did not rise to the level of defamation, that the language could not be construed to hold the agent up to public ridicule, and that the language was not highly offensive to a reasonable person. We affirm the grant of summary judgment on the defamation claim and reverse the grant of summary judgment on the claim for invasion of privacy; we remand the case for further proceedings.