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Tortious damage to a reputation. When the defamation is specifically written use "libel"; use "slander" when it is specifically spoken.

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Can satire be libel?

Can a clearly marked satirical article claiming someone said something (which they did not) that would seriously damage the person's reputation be considered libel? For example, if Biden actually said ...
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What are the legal implications of Josh Pieters & Archie Manners's "gag" against Piers Corbyn?

See this video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BmNyNivlEVo Two YouTubers disliked piers Corbyn political agenda, so they contacted him to express their bad faith interest in donating financially to the ...
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Could Stossel have sued Facebook (for defamation) in a state other than California?

Interestingly, California seems to a place where it's harder to win a defamation lawsuit because the 9th Circuit has more or less "overridden", or at least issued a more clear test of ...
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How can you say a developer is bad without being subject to a defamation lawsuit?

How can you say a developer is bad without being subject to a defamation lawsuit? If I add "this is my opinion, you can come to your own conclusions", does this still leave me vulnerable to ...
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Can a company use private Slack conversations for a lawsuit against you?

Can a company use private Slack conversations for a lawsuit against you? I work at a company where there's a lot of toxicity and a lot of people seems to be unqualified for their jobs, which leads to ...
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Can you get sued for gossiping about an incompetent tech lead if you believe you're saying the truth?

Can one get sued for gossiping about an incompetent tech lead if you believe you're saying the truth? Let's say a person tells one of his or her coworkers that this tech lead isn't qualified for his ...
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How do I know if a game I made is copyrighted?

I am using the unreal engine that supports c++ language. Now I don't know anything about copyright and I don't know how to know anything about it. I live in Egypt. I worked on a game for 8 months. ...
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Can big data accumalators be guilty of defamation/libel/slander?

It is currently in the news that there are accusations that the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) has been used to target individuals. As I understand it third parties, Only Fans in ...
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Online Defamation in Germany after the Künast court victory

M F Whitaker asked a question which has since been closed because it asked for legal advice in a specific case. I believe that there are two questions of general interest in the closed posting. The ...
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Could a phrase "Don't buy from X" with indirectly implied material be considered defamatory?

Company A is doing an aggressive marketing strategy to undermine competition by saying they are better due to such and such factors. Below such a remark they said, "Don't buy from Company X" ...
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Are slander and defamation the same thing?

@Dave One of the elements of slander is publication of the falsehood. The fact that people believe the falsehood and take action based upon it is part of the damages element in a slander case. Forming ...
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Is calumny against the law in Ohio and in British Columbia, Canada?

Calumny is technically the act of a person falsely accusing another person of a crime. However, the common definition of calumny means the act of maliciously (i.e. with the intent to do harm) ...
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If Party X tells Party Y something untrue about Party Z, if Party Y repeats it is this defamation (if it's obviously false)?

I had a short term job that I was fired from. I was told that someone tripped and was injured on something I left laying around, which in fact I didn't do. As "proof" my manager showed me ...
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DHL messed up completely, then were very rude with me. Is it libel/defamation if I publish it on the web?

Some background first, A few months ago I was living abroad and then came back to my hometown. When coming back, I sent myself a package which was full of all my daughter's first drawings from ...
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An erstwhile friend misled me to believe she had committed suicide. Can I take action?

A good friend of many years, but with whom I fell out two years ago, meticulously misled me via multiple emails purporting to come from a member of her family, that she had died. Not only died, but ...
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When a party is taken to court for defamation that already occurred, what is the request to the judge to do?

There was an incident where my employer claimed I did something (which I didn't do) that led to someone getting injured. They seemed to have investigated the issue internally but came to the wrong ...
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Can true statements or statements of opnion be libel or defamation in any country?

This is inspired by this thread on Writing.SE. Under US law, a true statement can never be defamatory, and neither can a statement of opinion, as opposed to a factual statement. Are there any ...
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Can you get sued for talking badly about a co-worker at work?

Can you get sued for talking badly about a co-worker at work? If you talk to your CEO and mention that the tech lead he hired is terrible and doesn't know what he's talking about, can you get sued for ...
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What Privacy Protections Does an Employee Reporting Sexual Harassment Have in Oregon?

Several discussions I’ve had recently about a series of events have made me wonder about some of the legal issues they raise. I was fortunate not to be personally involved, and don’t need advice on ...
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In modern day America, why are libel, slander and defamation covered by separate laws?

In 21st century America the laws governing libel, slander and defamation are wholly separate even through they overlap in substantial areas, rather than there being a single law covering all three. Is ...
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Can victims of defamation get restitution from people who acted on the defamatory statements?

Alice accuses Bob of animal abuse. She uses her moderate social media following to harass Bob and get him fired, by having dozens of people call his job and demand to know why they employ an animal ...
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Is calling abortionist criminals defamation?

According to well-established precedent, Texas' heartbeat bill is not valid law. Is it therefore defamation to claim that those who violate it are "breaking the law"? Also, even if the bill ...
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Legal response to vaccination misinformation?

With Dominion's defamation suit against Lindell et al, I got to thinking that companies making vaccines should have similar standing to sue prominent disseminators of vaccine misinformation. They can ...
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How do I warn people about a scammer/swindler who has not yet been indicted wihout being defamatory?

I live in Australia. There is this person who cheats people all the time through devious schemes and convincing talks. I myself lost a few thousands of dollars from him. Two of my friends lost $50,000 ...
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How do news outlets avoid defamation lawsuits when they publish articles about alleged criminals?

News outlets are always publishing sensational stories about people who have not yet been convicted but just suspected of a crime..... The person loses his job and at worst, creates a 'Trial by Media' ...
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I am being threatened for defamation for sharing an article about an alleged scammer which was published in local news site

There is an alleged scammer in my community. An article about him was published by our local news site. As I have a lot of contacts, I shared the article to all my contacts and it became viral. He is ...
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How can I protect myself of building a university review website

Suppose that a developer builds a website that let students write reviews of their university. It seems possible that such a site might get lawsuits from the universities if there are some negative ...
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How is "publication" different in copyright and defamation cases

There has been some confusion here on Law.Stack exchange as to whether "publication" or "publish" has the same meaning in defamation cases as it does in copyright cases. I am ...
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Does the word "allegedly" shield from defamation claims?

If Bob publicly says "Rob killed Alice", Rob could sue (and win) Bob for defamation — unless Rob gets convicted for that crime. But if Bob instead says "Rob allegedly killed Alice" ...
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Is there a (legal) problem with publishing a claim that a dead person said or believed something they didn't?

I just discovered a book called "The Secret Behind 'The Rape of Nanking': A Spiritual Confession by Iris Chang" by Ryuho Okawa. A small bit of background: Iris Chang's impressive and well-...
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For showing a deceased person under a negative light, can you get sued for defamation by relatives of the person deceased?

Let's say you make a movie and you show a deceased person under a negative light, can you get sued successfully by his relatives, and does the success of a lawsuit get diminished if the movie is a ...
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If a tort occurs over social media, does the Plaintiff's state have personal jurisdiction over the defendant?

Say person A lives in one state, and person B was harassing them on social media. Person A wants to sue for both libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Would the harassment (B making ...
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How much detail does one include in a complaint?

I literally spent the entire day working on my complaint, but just read (on avvo) that providing too much detail can get the suit dismissed. My complaint recounts each detail of the situation in order ...
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If one is suing for libel, would they just list "libel" in the "claims for relief" section in a complaint, or would the specify the type of libel?

If one is suing for libel, do they just write "libel" in the "claims for relief" section of the complaint or do they specify libel per se or libel per quod? Furthermore, can one ...
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Does one have to name third parties in a lawsuit?

If someone is indirectly involved in a case but not a defendant, do they have to be specified by name in the complaint? For example, say person A asks their neighbor, person B, if they can borrow five ...
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How Would One Prove That Their Rejection From an Education Program is the Result of Defamatory Content?

edited to generalized the question If someone is claiming that they were rejected from an education program because of defamatory content, how do they provide evidence to substantiate this claim? (...
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What is required for a slander lawsuit?

Suppose there is a group of people being contacted by an outside agency at the business they are working at. The outside agency is lying about a particular employee's behavior and convincing this ...
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Can you post a picture in your business to embarrass or defame a customer?

I paid a debt to the late husband of a woman who now owns the local hardware store. Without talking to me about the debt, she posted my photograph of me that she copied off my Facebook account. She ...
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Can using a "simile" constitute defamation?

Suppose someone said, "X looks like someone with a venereal disease." That is known as a simile. Now "X has a venereal disease" would constitute defamation (if untrue). But the ...
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Does a property owner have liability for signs others post in her yard?

Someone has a house with a yard that is close to a high-traffic street. People often post signs on the corner of this person's yard to advertise yard sales, political campaigns, and more. This is done ...
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Are there exceptions to the "reasonable person" standard?

In Dominion v. Sidney Powell, the defense has invoked the reasonable person standard. It is my understanding that Powell's First Amendment right is not tested as the plaintiff is Dominion Voting ...
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What kinds of insults would result and have resulted in someone being imprisoned in Germany?

Just read in the Wikipedia Article on Insult that you could be punished for up to one year in prison for insulting someone in Germany. What kinds of insults, assuming that they are free of false ...
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Do changing social norms change the definition of "defamation?"

One hundred years ago, if you said that "Miss X is not a virgin," when in fact she was, that would be grounds for a defamation suit. The reason is that because 80%+ of unmarried American ...
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Is criticizing a public figure on a private chat libel?

X is currently involved in a legal battle with said ex-wife regarding child abuse by parental alienation of his child. X, with a friend in a similar position, created a private support group on ...
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If someone does not downvote defamatory post does that mean they endorse it?

If someone does not downvote defamatory posts on Stackexchange are they liable for defamation under Indian Penal code? I am refering to section 499 and section 500.
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Who is responsible for comments on YouTube?

Who is responsible for comments which are posted on YouTube? The channel, YouTube or the poster? I am refering to defamation and copyright suits in India. As both YouTube and the video uploader ...
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When multiple people are included in the same defamation lawsuit, do they get sued separately or all together?

Let's say two employees for a toy company talk about a company's product being dangerously unsafe (regardless if was true or not) on a news channel. The same toy company goes on later on to file a ...
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Why is it said that pre-trial procedures are "heavily skewed in favour of a plaintiff" in cases of defamation in Australia?

After losing a defamation lawsuit, ABC (Australia) said in a statement that This case has again starkly demonstrated fundamental problems with Australian defamation law and pre-trial procedures being ...
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Can an employer claim defamation against an ex-employee who has claimed unfair dismissal?

In UK law, in a case where an ex-employee claims unfair dismissal against their previous employer. However both claimant and employer settle before Tribunal Hearings through negotiation of a COT3 ...
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As a Sex offender Can a person for take my Photo off my Facebook page, post it, giving my full name and address be charged or sued? [closed]

I pleaded guilty to a charge of child molestation over 15 years ago, served time and probation. I now have three girls 7,5,2 who I father on my own. My neighbor's daughter play's with my girls, who's ...
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