BUGusa, Inc., Worksheet – Team B
Use the scenarios in the Bugusa, Inc., link located on the student website to answer the following questions.
Scenario: WIRETIME, Inc., Advertisement
Has WIRETIME, Inc., committed any torts? If so, explain.
WIRETIME has committed a tort. WIRETIME took out an ad that was designed to hurt BUGusa’s reputation. This constitutes defamation, because the defamation was written it is libel. For BUGusa to recover from WIRETIME, it will have to meet four elements. The first is to prove that the statements in the ad were false. The second to show that the defamation was distributed to a third party (this has been met as the ad was published in a well-known industry magazine). The third element is specificity, or that the statement was specifically about BUGusa. The last element BUGusa must show is that it suffered damages as a result of the ad. If all four elements cannot be shown, BUGusa cannot recover from WIRETIME.
Scenario: WIRETIME, Inc. (Janet)
Has WIRETIME, Inc. committed any torts? If so, explain.
WIRETIME’s Human Resource Manager is in breach of intentional tort for promising Janet a Lead position and ten percent raise plus a signing bonus of $5,000 if Janet agrees to work for WIRETIME, Inc. Janet told the Manager she had two years left on her current contract. The Human Resource Manager’s attempt to persuade Janet to abandon the contract and accept employment at WIRETIME was intentional. Under the term of the contract, Janet’s termination or her decision to quit meant she could not accept employment at another competitor of BUGusa Inc. The fact these companies are competitors, the Human Resource Manager at WIRTIME, Inc. under assumption should be aware that this is overstepping since it is most likely WIRETIME, Inc. makes their employees sign noncompeting agreements. A Human Resource Manager of a competing company should very much be aware of the rules and guidelines relating to