What was the court rule and legal principle in the case of Hagberg v California Federal Bank?
The case of Hagberg v California Federal Bank contains so much
legal mumbo jumbo that it would take a good lawyer to explain it
instead of the following simplistic version. Ms Hagberg presented a
Smith Barney check to a teller at California Federal Bank. The
teller looked at the check and decided something looked wrong.
Smith Barney's checks look perfect. That check did not look
perfect. The teller called for management as she had been
instructed to do in such a case. The manager called Smith Barney.
Smith Barney said the check was stolen. The managers called the
cops and described the woman as hispanic. The cops came and
arrested the woman and took her to a room to interview her. Then
Smith Barney called back and said the check was good. After that Ms
Hagberg took the case to a civil rights court because of the way
the bank management had described her to the cops. The appeal court
determined that a persons description given to the cops is
privileged information and not slander.