Universal Comm. Systems v. Turner Broadcasting

Filing 920060214


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[DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT FILED ________________________ No. 05-12698 Non-Argument Calendar ________________________ U.S. COURT OF APPEALS ELEVENTH CIRCUIT February 14, 2006 THOMAS K. KAHN CLERK D. C. Docket No. 05-20047-CV-AJ UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC., a Nevada Corporation, MICHAEL J. ZWEBNER, individually and others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellants, versus TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC., Georgia Corporation, CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC., Georgia Corporation, et al., Defendants-Appellees. ________________________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida _________________________ (February 14, 2006) Before ANDERSON, MARCUS and WILSON, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Plaintiffs-Appellants Universal Communications Systems ("Universal") sued Defendants-Appellees Turner Broadcasting Systems ("Turner") alleging defamation. Universal has failed to demonstrate, at any level of this case, how Turner was responsible (directly or indirectly) for the publication of the allegedly defamatory statements. Accordingly, we AFFIRM the district court's order dismissing the action and refusing to alter or amend the order of dismissal, and we REMAND the case to the district court to determine the reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by appellees in defending this appeal.1 Turner's motion for damages and costs on appeal under Rule 38 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure is GRANTED in the amount of double costs and reasonable attorneys' fees in defending this appeal. The Clerk of this Court shall assess the costs, and the amount of attorneys' fees shall be determined by the district court on remand. Universal's Motion for Imposition of Professional Sanctions against Turner is DENIED. Turner's Motion to Strike Motion for Imposition of Professional Sanctions is DENIED as moot. 2 1

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