HADDONFIELD, N.J. -DJ- Vacation Home Rentals, Worldwide,
a New Jersey villa rental company, said it sued media
personality Howard Stern for business interruption and lost
profits resulting from Stern's broadcasting of the
business' toll-free telephone number on his television
An attorney for Lori Gedon, the company's proprietor,
said Gedon filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court
seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Stern and
WWOR-TV Inc., which produced the show, and the company that
rebroadcast the show in syndication. WWOR-TV is a
subsidiary of BHC Communications Inc. (BHC).
Officials at at BHC Communications and WWOR-TV declined
to comment, except to say that they had not been served
with papers in the case.
Vacation Home Rentals, Worldwide, said that in a skit
satirizing Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the physician who has
assisted terminally ill people in supervised suicides,
Stern urged viewers to call 1-800-MD-DEATH for advice on
how to commit suicide. The company uses the toll-free
number 1-800-NEED-A-VILLA, the same number Stern broadcast.
Gedon said she received thousands of calls for Stern
after the broadcast, disrupting her business.
Stern's skit originally was broadcast in November 1991.
Gedon's attorney said in a press release that even after
being notified of the problem, producers of Stern's show
rebroadcast the show in reruns throughout the country.