Bonkowski v. Arlan's Dep't Store

12 Mich. App. 88, 162 N.W.2d 347 (1968)



Since damage to reputation is the gravamen of an action for slander, there must be proof that the alleged defamation was published to someone who at least recognized the plaintiff. 


Defendant appealed from the trial court which entered a jury verdict for plaintiff in her action for false arrest and slander against defendant store, whose agent stopped and questioned plaintiff, whom he suspected of larceny. Defendant appealed and the decision was reversed and remanded, 


Did plaintiff establish cause of action on the ground of slander?




The reviewing court reversed and remanded, concluding that slander was not established because the proofs were not adequate to permit a jury's finding of publication, an essential element of a cause of action for slander. 

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