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Stickle v. Trimmer

Decided: June 24, 1958.

FREDERICK STICKLE, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
JOHN R. TRIMMER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



Goldmann, Freund and Conford. The opinion of the court was delivered by Conford, J.A.D.

Conford

This is an action of libel tried in the Morris County District Court without a jury. The trial judge found for the plaintiff and awarded him $1,200 as compensatory damages.

The alleged libel was a letter sent by defendant, as operator of a collection agency, to plaintiff's employer, an agency of the United States Army. It reads as follows:

"BONDED ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

Credit Control Division

5 East Blackwell Street

Dover, New Jersey

December 4, 1956

Personnel Director

c/o Mrs. Olmstead

Picatinny Arsenal

Dover, N.J.

Dear Mrs. ...


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