The court has agreed Ron and Monica didn't commit a tort, so I don't really see a point of using Chupp as a example of good law. It also isn't going to be "just someone" it is going to be a jury. They will see how easily his life was destroyed by the defendants. How he had no recourse other than sue or kill himself.Yes, but they can assert that, and the court can agree. They have the right to be right, and they're not going to be precluded from it just because someone doesn't think Vic held a position of power & influence.
Maybe you can find a jury to find that Vic was so influential that others would be wary of challenging him. Just forget about all the intentional sabotage and name calling behind his back. Vic was influential and in a position of power auditioning for roles and jumping through hoops to get some of them.
If you think Vic was in a position of power and influence I have a bridge to sell you.