Shay v. Walters, No. 12-1494 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff Nancy Shay and the daughter of Defendant Barbara Walters attended boarding school together in the early 1980s. The two of them were suspended in 1983, and Plaintiff was subsequently expelled. In 2008, Walters published a memoir entitled "Audition" that included a reference to a friend of her daughter's named "Nancy" "whom the school kicked out midterm for bad behavior." Plaintiff sued Walters for money damages, alleging Walters tortiously interfered with Plaintiff's contract with the school by inducing the school to expel her, alleging the statements in Audition about her were defamatory, and asserting a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. The district court granted Defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings, concluding that the tortious interference claim was time-barred and that the remaining counts failed as a matter of law. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that Defendant was entitled to judgment on the pleadings.