This is important legal stuff. From a reader:
As a regular Corner reader, I thought you might be interested in a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, written by Frank Easterbrook. The issue in the case was whether the plaintiff could maintain a retaliation action against her employer based on a report of fraud to the FBI which was based solely on office gossip and had no basis in fact. In explaining the baselessness (is that a word?–must e-mail Nordlinger), Judge Easterbrook explains:
“Lang might as well have reported that the Foundation was trying to deceive the United Federation of Planets so that it would dispatch the Startship Enterprise to assist the Foundation with a delivery of 23d Century quatloos.”
The case is Lang v. Northwestern Univ., No. 06-1515 (7th Circuit Dec. 28, 2006).