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DEFAMATION an aviation student who was arrested and then cleared of allegedly threatening to crash an airplane into the home of another student was rebuffed on his defamation claims by a California jury on March 19. Robert Torres sued his former girlfriend, his college and a college official, claiming that his arrest following the alleged threat adversely affected his prospective career. Torres v. Mendez, No. BC264410 (Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Robert C. Burlison, Burlison & Luostari, La Canada, Calif. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Dana John McCune, McCune & Harber, Los Angeles; Dennis W. Rihn, Law Offices of Denis W. Rihn, Glendale, Calif. Source: California Jury Verdicts Weekly

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