Is it possible under US libel for a single false statement to give rise to two separate causes of action (i.e. counts) in a lawsuit?

If the answer is yes, what would be some examples of this?



I hire an engineer to give advice. The advice is:

  • not what I contracted for - breach of contract

  • negligent - tort of negligent misstatement

  • not given with due skill and care - consumer protection warranty breach

  • defamatory - libel

  • late - breach of contract again

  • disclosed to my competition - breach of confidence

The engineer was clearly on a roll.

  • Thanks. I have rephrased my question based on this. I was referring only two separate counts of libel (not other legal causes of action).
    – Gill Hamel
    Oct 15 '19 at 11:12
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    @GillHamel please don’t rephrase questions to invalidate already given answers - ask another question. Questions are free.
    – Dale M
    Oct 15 '19 at 11:15

Yes (the libel edition.)

"Morgan and Robin are having an affair and cheating on their respective spouses!"

I hope it's clear enough, on its face, that both Morgan and Robin each have a cause of action.

  • But the question is "...in a lawsuit." Would Morgan and Robin sue jointly?
    – phoog
    Oct 15 '19 at 15:08
  • @phoog I think so. It makes absolutely no sense to argue about the same facts twice; there needs to be a single hearing. Nov 14 '19 at 17:37

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