n Without Prejudice - The world in October : international

Volume 15, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



It doesn't pay to sleep at a baseball match. Andrew Rector appeared to snooze through a standing ovation after the Yankees scored a home run during a New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox in April last year. He became the butt end of jocular comments by announcers on ESPN Television channel and a video clip was posted online. Rector claimed to have suffered emotional distress as a result and sued for $10m. The Bronx Supreme Court judge said the comments were not defamatory and Rector's "fame" lasted a mere 31 seconds out of three-hours. His lawyer said he had told his client that "there is room for appeal". The ruling was made in August but was only highlighted at the beginning of October.

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