Friday, August 28, 2009
Nebraska Supreme Court affirms summary judgment against tenured Creighton language professor who sued a PHD student for maliciously filing a harassment complaint against her. Recio v. Evers, S-07-1338, 278 Neb. 405 We conclude that a person cannot incur liability for interfering with a business relationship by giving truthful information to another. In this case, Recio’s claim for tortious interference with a business relationship rested on Evers’ sexual harassment complaint, and the record establishes that the material allegations of Evers’ complaint were truthful. And even if actual malice can defeat a defense that interference with a business relationship was justified, there is insufficient evidence in the record to show that Evers’ sexual harassment complaint was motivated by actual malice. Therefore, the district court correctly concluded that Evers’ sexual harassment complaint was justified.