BUGusa, Inc. Introduction
BUGusa, Inc., a company based in Any State, U.S.A., designs manufactures, and sells electronic recording devices. These devices are used by law enforcement agencies-police, FBI, and so forth-to intercept and record sounds and voices. The equipment taps into telephone wires and cell phone transmissions, and picks up sounds and voices through the walls of a house or in open-air locations using a remote microphone. Part of the equipment is driven by software written by BUGusa, Inc. employees. BUGusa, Inc has exclusive contracts with most state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. BUGusa, Inc. is thinking about expanding its sales to international markets. Currently, half of its manufacturing plants are in foreign countries and half are in the United States. The company logo is a ladybug wearing a set of headphones.
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Earlier this year, WIRETIME, Inc., a relatively new company trying to compete with BUGusa, Inc,. placed an ad in a well-known industry magazine containing statements that BUGusa, Inc.’s electronic recording devices were low quality and did not work reliability for more than 1 month.
Has WIRETIME, Inc. committed any torts? If so, explain….
Rand, a resident of Shady Town, was driving to work when he failed to yield right of way at an intersection, turned left in front of a van, and was struck. The van was a delivery van owned by BUGusa, Inc. and operated by Brian, a BUGusa¸Inc employee At the time of the accident¸Brian was speeding. Classify and analyze the tort(s) in this scenario.
What defenses may be availiable to BUGusa, Inc.? Explain your answers