that the complaint is defective in its allegations of diversity. See 5 C. Wright & A. Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure § 1350, at 549-50 (1969). The complaint is defective. The appropriate response normally is dismissal with leave to amend. Here, however, that response is unnecessary because amendment is futile.
Assuming, arguendo, that plaintiff could correct the defective jurisdictional allegations, the case must be dismissed on its merits.
Assuming, as I must, that the complaint correctly states that the communications in question were false, and also assuming, as I need not, that the falsehoods could be defamatory, and could defame Hayden Carl Jones, there was no publication of the letters. Pennsylvania law requires, as an essential element of defamation, that the falsehood be communicated to one other than the person defamed. Gaetano v. Sharon Herald Co., 426 Pa. 179, 231 A.2d 753 (1967); see Restatement (Second) of Torts § 577(1) (1977). The letters, according to the complaint, were communicated only to Joe Jones. Therefore, they were unpublished, and cannot constitute the basis for a libel action.
Regarding communications between RCA and its attorney, a statement that plaintiff had agreed to buy records from RCA is not defamatory-it cannot reasonably lower plaintiff's reputation in the estimation of the community or deter others from dealing with him. See id. at § 559. Furthermore, because the statement was in connection with advice that RCA could sue plaintiff, see Complaint at P 8, it is absolutely privileged as preliminary to a proposed judicial proceeding. Restatement (Second) of Torts § 586.
Regarding any claim for mental distress, the complaint also must fail. Statements that plaintiff or Joe Jones were members of, or owed money to, the RCA Music Service Club simply are not "extreme and outrageous conduct," Restatement (Second) of Torts § 46(1), or "extraordinarily despicable." Cautilli v. GAF Corp., 531 F. Supp. 71 (E.D.Pa. 1982) (Becker, J.); see generally id. at 4-12. Therefore, this claim also must be dismissed.