Hodges v. Gibson Products Co

In Hodges v. Gibson Products Co., 811 P.2d 151 (Utah 1991), Cosgrove, the manager of a Gibson Products Company store, stole money from the store. Id. at 154-55. He accused Hodges, a part-time bookkeeper, of stealing a portion of the money and went with other Gibson officials to the police and pressed for criminal charges on behalf of the store. Id. at 155. Before Hodge's trial, Cosgrove's actions came to light, and the charges against Hodges were dropped. Id. The Court affirmed a jury verdict against Gibson and Cosgrove for malicious prosecution and applied the general rule stated above, imputing to Gibson Cosgrove's knowledge that prosecution of Hodges was improper. Id. at 156-61.