A newspaper defamed a Plaintiff. The newspaper is the business name of a publishing company (ie. the publishing company d/b/a/ the newspaper). Can the Plaintiff write the following in his or her complaint?

Libel Count I (against newspaper)

Rather than,

Libel Count I (against publishing company)


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Only people can be sued. A business is not a person; a company is.

  • Indeed. Assuming that the publishing company is named as a party in the complaint, can a Plaintiff be more specific in the individual counts and refer to the business name as I did above?
    – Gill Hamel
    Commented Oct 24, 2019 at 12:37
  • You would certainly mention the newspaper as the place where the libel happened
    – Dale M
    Commented Oct 24, 2019 at 20:03

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