You know those morning shows, right? The ones you listen to on the way into the office because one of the senior partners thinks it is high-larious, so you need to be up on Donnie the D-Bag or Angie the Asshole or whoever hosts your local morning drive time slice of hell. Perhaps your burden of listening to that dreck will feel a little lighter today as you laugh (ONLY INSIDE YOUR HEAD, YOU IDIOT. Do you want to be fired?) about this verdict against Kansas City’s “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz” show.

Free legal advice for radio stations everywhere. If you’re going to say that a local lady is a professional porn star, make sure you’ve got the right local lady. Oh, and make doubly sure that, if you’ve named the wrong local lady, that local lady does not also happen to be a law student.

A former law student at the University of Kansas has been awarded $1 million in a suit against a radio station asserting its DJs wrongly labeled her as a porn star.

How did this error happen, you might ask? Well, it all began when these hale and hearty humans that run the radio show decided to crowdsource a list of porn stars that were from Kansas City by just having random people text them some names, because that could never ever go wrong. It also happened because Fat Buzz morning sidekick dude Danny Boi (no, that’s really what he goes by) does not know how to use the Google or to spell. Or maybe both.

On the morning of April 20, 2012, two individuals, using separate telephone numbers, texted the name “Ashley Patton” to the 96.5 “The Buzz” radio station text line. […]

Danny Boi performed a “Google” search to attempt to verify the information submitted by text message. That search returned pornographic images or videos of a person with a similarly-spelled name, “Ashley Payton.” The plaintiff in this case, Ashley Patton, is not and never has been involved in the pornography industry.

Danny Boi stated Ashley Patton’s name on-air once at approximately 7:27 a.m. Before saying her name, Danny Boi announced, “Oh, this girl is going to be good, hold on guys.” He continued, “Ashley Patton, Olathe South. Let’s Google this chick. This is what I have been waiting for.”

Patton tried to contact the radio station to get things cleared up, but they were…less than compassionate.

Sometime after noon that same day, plaintiff called the radio station and reached Program Director Scott Geiger. Until the phone call from plaintiff, Geiger did not know there had been a segment about local porn stars on “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz” that morning. Plaintiff told him that the morning show had called her a porn star and that she was angry. In response, Geiger asked plaintiff, “Well, are you?” Plaintiff replied that she was not and Geiger replied, “How do you know that you’re not a porn star?”

You’d think that dude could have seen her false light invasion of privacy lawsuit coming from a mile away. Everyone knows that 1Ls learn this stuff right away in law school. Restatement (Second) of Torts, represent! If she’s really smart, though, she’s hopefully used that $1 million to get out of law instead.

[ABA Journal]

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