Cohen v. Cowles Media (1992)
|Cohen v. Cowles Media (1992)|
|Court||Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Citation||479 N.W.2d 387|
|Date decided||January 24, 1992|
|Related||Cohen v. Cowles Media (1990)|
Cohen v. Cowles Media (1991)
Dan Cohen (born 1936) was active in the Republican 1982 campaign of Wheelock Whitney Jr. (1926 - 2016) for governorship in the state of Minnesota.
Cohen had documents regarding the criminal history of Marlene Johnson (born 1946 - ) , the candidate for the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota. He gave the documents to 2 newspapers provided that they would keep his identity confidential.
The editors of the newspapers published's Cohen's involvement in finding the documents. As a result, Cohen's employer fired him.SCOTUS remands Cohen v. Cowles Media (1991) to the state of Minnesota which becomes this 1992 case.
Cohen sued Cowles Media Co. for fraudulent mis-representation & breach of contract.The Minnesota trial court awarded damages to Cohen.
Yes. If a source (Mr. Cohen) acts in reliance on the press's promise of confidentiality & is thereby injured, the court can award damages if that's the way to remedy the injustice.The trial jury's award of $200,000 is reasonable & reinstated.
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