The family of the late Democratic National Committee Staffer Seth Rich has sued Fox News for intentional infliction of emotional distress and related torts in the airing of allegations of a conspiracy involving Rich and Wikileaks. Despite my great sympathy for this family in the loss of Seth Rich, the complaint (below) is in my view without serious merit. The causal connections are too attenuated and liability would undermine first amendment protections for the free press.
United Airlines is under fire after a flight attendant ordered a pet dog to be placed in a passenger’s overhead bin on a flight from Houston. When United Flight 1284 arrived in New York, the French Bulldog “Kokito” was found dead. The horrific scene could well result in a tort action for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other claims. As a common carrier, United is subject to a high standard of care in the treatment of passengers.