In the United States, if a debtor is in default, is it considered libel if the creditor publishes the fact that the debtor is delinquent?
My understanding is that normally truth is a perfect defense to a charge of libel in the United States, but I wondering if this is still true if a creditor sets out to deliberately damage the reputation of a debtor over an unpaid debt.
For example, let's imagine person A borrows $50,000 from person B and agrees to pay it back with interest in 1 years time. The year elapses without the debt being paid. Can person B publish these facts in a newspaper ad without being guilty of libel?