HAYWOOD v. ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE Nos. 13-82 (Lead), 13-541 (Con).
JOHN D. HAYWOOD, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE, LOGAN R. SPILLANE, CHRISTOPHER HARDY, Defendants-Appellees.
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
October 23, 2013.
JOHN D. HAYWOOD, pro se, Durham, North Carolina, for Plaintiff-Appellant.
SCOTT FEWELL, Angela R. Clark, and Jeffrey James Nolan, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., Burlington, Vermont, for Defendant-Appellee, St. Michael's College.
WILLIAM BROWNLOW TOWLE, Ward & Babb, South Burlington, Vermont, for Defendant-Appellees, Spillane & Hardy.
PRESENT: GUIDO CALABRESI, DENNY CHIN, CHRISTOPHER F. DRONEY,
CORRECTED SUMMARY ORDER
Plaintiff-appellant John D. Haywood, a former attorney proceeding
We first note that the arguments in Haywood's brief on appeal are limited to whether he stated a claim of libel under state law and whether the district court properly applied the standard set forth in
After an independent and
Haywood contends that he was libeled by two freshman students at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont (the "College"), who, as an assignment for a course, created a candidate profile of Haywood, as one of twenty-seven lesser known candidates running in the New Hampshire presidential primary, which their professor then posted on the College's website a week before the primary with the profiles of the other candidates. The alleged falsehoods were at worst minor inaccuracies as to his policy positions. Moreover, as the district court held, even assuming that the profile contained incorrect statements, the complaint simply does not plausibly allege that these students or the College acted with actual malice.
We have considered Haywood's remaining arguments and find them to be without merit. Accordingly, we
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