Stanton v. Armstrong Case File

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Stanton v. Armstrong is a civil action for defamation and tortious interference with contract with the extra glamor of a beauty pageant. Harper Stanton brought the action against Toby Armstrong in the United States District Court, District of Nita, for an allegedly defamatory statement claiming Stanton had taken a bribe to fix the Miss Olympia beauty pageant. Armstrong posted this statement on the Pageant Tips Blog. At the time of the blog post, Stanton was the Chief Executive Officer of Miss Olympia, Inc. and Armstrong was a blogger and the owner of a pageant contestant coaching company.

Many facilities and technology malfunctions impacted the quality of the Miss Olympia Pageant that year: lighting and sound problems; a missing judge; changes in the scoring method. After the disastrous pageant, Miss Olympia, Inc. fired Stanton. Were Armstrong's unfounded claims the basis for Stanton's firing? Was Stanton legitimately fired for being a dishonest CEO manipulating the pageant from behind the scenes? Or was Stanton fired for tarnishing the Miss Olympia Pageant through no fault of his own?

This entertaining case file supports all the alleged intrigue with exhibits that include blog posts, a Twitter account, and a YouTube video, all hosted on "microsites" specifically created for use in trial. Scoring sheets and pageant guidelines, photographs, room sketches, and more provide a wealth of information for students to analyze when deciding what to pursue in both depositions and the full trial.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

CASE SUMMARY

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE AS A FULL TRIAL

WITNESS LIST

VERIFIED COMPLAINT AND JURY DEMAND

ANSWER AND AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES

EXHIBITS


      Exhibit 1—Employment contract between Miss Olympia, Inc. and Harper Stanton

      Exhibit 2—Blog post from the blog www.pageanttipsblog.com dated July 5, YR-1

      Exhibit 3—Email from Missy Sussman to Harper Stanton

      Exhibit 4—YR-2 Performance Review for Rory Carter from Miss Olympia, Inc.

      Exhibit 5—YR-1 Performance Review for Rory Carter from Miss Olympia, Inc.

      Exhibit 6—Deposit slip for cash deposit to account of Harper Stanton

      Exhibit 7—Toby Armstrong's email recommendation for Rory Carter

      Exhibit 8—YR-1 Miss Olympia Pageant Master Score Sheet

      Exhibit 9—Map of Harper Stanton's office

      Exhibit 10—Email from Harper Stanton to Taylor Hawkins

      Exhibit 11—Criteria for scoring contestants in the YR-1 Miss Olympia Pageant

      Exhibit 12—Rejection letter from Miss Olympia, Inc. to Toby Armstrong

      Exhibit 13—Picture of the bathroom door in Stanton's Office

      Exhibit 14—Notice of the 30(b)(6) deposition given to Miss Olympia, Inc.

      Exhibit 15—Article about the YR-1 Miss Olympia Pageant in The Daily Post

      Exhibit 16—Divorce decree for Harper Stanton

      Exhibit 17—Video clip of interview question for Miss Scattersburg, YR-1 Miss Olympia Runner Up

      Exhibit 18—Audio clip of radio interview with Miss Olympia Chairman of the Board, Frank Pittman

      Exhibit 19—Transcript of audio clip contained in Exhibit 18

      Exhibit 20—Blog post from Pageant Tips Blog, dated April 3, YR-1

      Exhibit 21—Blog post from Pageant Tips Blog, dated May 5, YR-1

      Exhibit 22—Blog post from Pageant Tips Blog, dated August 3, YR-1

      Exhibit 23—Toby Armstrong's Twitter feed from July 5, YR-1



DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPTS

      Harper Stanton

      Taylor Hawkins

      Toby Armstrong

      Rory Carter




APPENDICES

      Appendix A—District of Nita Applicable Case Law

      Appendix B—Preliminary Jury Instructions

      Appendix C—Final Jury Instructions and Verdict Form