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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 an estate sue for defamation over statement made before decedent died?

According to the answers to this question you can't be (successfully) sued for statements you make about someone who is already dead. But what if you said something defamatory about John Doe while he ...
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How to talk about your family/parents without saying if it's your Mother or Father specifically? Any legal issues for writing about your parent(s)?

Reformulated in other's words (thank you commenters, mods please preserve the comments as originally posted so you can read the source), my question is: (A) Is referring to a parent specifically ...
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A plaintiff's “not guilty” verdict in a defamation suit

Scenario: John Doe is charged with murder, tried before a jury, and gets a "not guilty" verdict. After the verdict I publish commentary saying that the jury got it wrong and Doe is ...
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How does one meet the “serious harm” threshold in libel cases (UK)?

I'm trying to sue someone in the UK for libel. (I'm in the US.) I've had some UK attorneys willing to take my case, but not on conditional fee. I recently contacted a pro bono organization there, and ...
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What legal action can you take if someone calls you a sex offender with no proof?

Just went through a nasty custody battle and won sole custody and he has taken it upon himself to call my fiance a sexual abusive person to our 2 yr old child. He has blasted it on social media and ...
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Is it Cyber defamation and cyber insult crime to talk about someone else in the private chat?

So me and my friends had a group chat and we were talking about someone not in the group chat. We gave her some funny nickname but we never said it publicly. It was all in the private group chat thats ...
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When can you file a lawsuit against a “parody” website?

Hypothetically speaking, if someone were to make a website about 4 different lawyers and 2 different firms and promote it as a parody website using elements of breaking bad, better call saul, etc. ...
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Can I sue a publication for using my picture in an unflattering light?

I was walking down the street with my boyfriend a photographer asked if he could take a picture of us. We agreed and he snapped the photo and left. No consent forms were signed. Now the photo is being ...
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Could a poll's claimed results be defamatory?

In the Trump campaign's letter demanding that CNN retract its poll claiming Biden leads Trump, the letter claims: The poll is intentionally false, defamatory and misleading, and designed to harm ...
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Sandy Hook defamation case and opinions based on disclosed facts

(Note that I 100% think the Sandy Hook shootings were 100% real.) From a BBC article: In June a Wisconsin judge ruled that James Fetzer had defamed Leonard Pozner by claiming he had fabricated the ...
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Is it legal to short a company's stock and then blog about why you did it?

In America, is it legal to short a company with which I never had any affiliation and then write a negative blog post about it affecting the company's stock price? More specifically, suppose ...
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Argument on possible defamation after court acquittal

I have been discussing some reporting of a high-profile trial with some colleagues. We disagree on one point. Background: High-profile figure acquitted by a Scottish court of a number of sexual ...
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Does the Trump campaign have standing to sue over defamation against Trump?

The NY Times, the Washington Post and, most recently, CNN, are being sued for defaming Trump. However: As with the other two cases, this one is being brought on behalf of the campaign, rather than ...
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I'm being defamed on Facebook. Do I have a legal case?

I live in Maryland. Over the past few months there is a guy on Facebook who has been openly lying about me. He has repeatedly said that I have made threats against him, I have not. He has repeatedly ...
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Large company intellectual property theft

Say a company stole intellectual property from an employee(accept this as fact pretend he understands the contracts he signed and that this was infact his IP) . This employee is now concerned since ...
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Can Marie Yovanovitch sue Trump for defamation oe harressment?

President Trump made assertions about her character that were lies. She was harnessed in the workplace and tormented by agents to force her out. There is no evidence of supporting Trump's assertions.
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A Defamatory Trial?

So to begin, I am well aware you can sue anyone for anything in court, whether or not it has a foundation in law or reality. That being said, can one be found guilty for defamation if they bring a ...
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What happens when evidence comes to light outside the Statute of Limitations period?

I suffered damage as a result of defamation, through a previous employer breaching laws against disclosure of information. I spoke to a lawyer at that time and was told my chances of success were ...
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Why didn't Nicholas Sandman name any individuals in his lawsuit against the Washington Post?

Why didn't Nicholas Sandman (Sandmann v. WP Company LLC, Dist. Court, ED Kentucky 2019) name the individuals working at the Washington Post who published the alleged libelous statements, as parties to ...
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Sue newspaper or the reporter for libel?

Are there any reasons to only sue a newspaper (the corporation) for libel and not the individual reporter who libeled you?
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Falsely Accused of Crime and Banned From Establishment

I recently attended an event at a local venue and received an email falsely accusing me of a crime that I did not commit and banning me for life. The email goes on to state that if I attempt to re-...
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What remedies would be possible/likely in a successful defamation suit?

This question is related to another one I asked recently: Is it true that a suit of defamation could require "very little effort"?, so please review that one first -- thank you. Let's say ...
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What is the recourse for defamation?

I came across this question today https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/questions/23296/i-was-mistakenly-identified-as-a-criminal-and-this-has-caused-rumors-how-can-i and I think OP is taking the ...
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Is a statement libel if it is in response to a false statement

If someone were to make a statement that was known to be false, and someone else makes a defamatory remark in response to that comment, is it considered libel? Say you review a restaurant negatively ...
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Libel complaint against publishing company d/b/a/ as newspaper [duplicate]

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 ...
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Scope of the false statement in a libel action

Given the statement, "John failed to respond to a criminal court summons, and he moved out of the state." Assuming that it is false that John failed to respond to a criminal court summons, but it is ...
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How many counts of libel for the false statement: “John is at-large from assault charges”?

Assuming that John has neither been charged with assault nor is evading such charges: Can John sue for two separate counts of libel (one for claiming that he is charged with a crime and one for ...
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Is it true that a suit of defamation could require “very little effort”?

A recent comment at SE Meta stated: my reading of US law is that under certain circumstances, the plaintiff need make very little effort to successfully bring a suit of defamation. This strikes me ...
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Can a single false statement give rise to two separate causes of action i.e. counts in a lawsuit?

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?
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Using interrogatory or depo to ask libel defendant what facts she relied on in making statement

In a libel case, should I ask the publisher of the statement what facts she relied on in deposition or via interrogatory? I'm concerned that since an interrogatory can be supplemented, that her ...
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Wrongly place on sex regristry

I found one my friends listed on the sex registry. He is incarcerated. He was shocked. He has never been tried, convicted or served time for a sex crime. Alot of paperwork and finding info he is now ...
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Can a governing body be held accountable for defamatory statements?

San Francisco just passed a resolution declaring the NRA to be a domestic terrorist organization. Agree or disagree with the NRA, it can hardly be defined as a domestic terrorist organization, at ...
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Can video game companies sue for slander or defamation

So I know this may turn into a large debate, but I just want to address the question if video game companies could sue the people saying that they are causing mass shootings for slander or defamation? ...
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Does a disingenuous defamation lawsuit constitute malicious prosecution?

Some defamation cases (in the United States) collapse when the discovery process produces some decisive piece of evidence proving that the supposedly defamed person did what the defendant had claimed. ...
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What kind of legal trouble would have a law firm that called its defeated opponents assholes?

Say a new law firm wants to come up with a fresh and juicy marketing strategy to win a share of local law market. They adopt a moral code which, although could be seen arguable, is nevertheless ...
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Can I include messenger messages between myself and organizations volunteers/employees in my book, even if it may come across negative, but factual!

I want to write a book about the struggles of being a parent of a child who has severe anaphylaxis allergies to nuts. Over the years, I have experienced struggles with certain organizations or public ...
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Can libel/defamation be identified in private publications?

In the UK, I contacted a company called Tech Nation to provide an "endorsement" for me where they were supposed to assess my skill level, contributions to the sector and achievements so that I could ...
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What legal responsibilities does a corporation have in this situation?

Sorry for the vague title, but the situation is too complicated to sum up into a short blurb. Among my hobbies, I play the card game Magic: The Gathering, and recently there was a high profile story ...
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I am being threatened by a former employer [closed]

I live in Florida and recently have been told my former employer is threatening to sue me and 2 other former employees. He said he is going to sue us for defamation/liable/slander, he gained access to ...
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Should I refuse to vote in my condo association after the President published lies about me?

The woman who lives below my condominium is the Association President. About two years ago, my bathroom sink overflowed, and flooded her bathroom below it and part of her kitchen. I helped to clean up ...
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Could asking someone to participate in a lawsuit count as defamation? I suspect he was illegally evicted as well

I am taking my ex-landlord to small claims court. Since I shared a kitchen with him I cannot take him to the residential tenancy branch. I believe in addition to my damage deposit and prorated rent, ...
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Do corporations have any legal liability for XSS exploits that can harvest private/payment info?

So let's say there's a website that is made up of crowd sourced articles (let's say it's about politics). The website has users from around the world. All articles have to be approved by an editor, ...
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Mass, commercial identification of people appearing in porn

Someone on the Internet claims (I'll call this person "the operator" below): They have crawled around 100TB of data from both mainstream social networking sites, and porn sites with user-generated ...
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Does the following constitute defamation?

There are two candidates running for public office in a small midwestern city. Both of them are public figures, within the context of the defamation laws. Candidate A is running on a "morality" ...
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Tracking twitter ip address

Situation: Someone has been calling me a slut on twitter with a fake profile and harassing me. I am based in LA and I have no idea where the fake profile is from. Can I take any legal action against ...
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Double Jeopardy: Can someone re-file a dropped suit?

Scenario: Jane files restraining order against John due to alleged violent acts committed by John towards Jane John hires a lawyer: provides info that debunks all claims made against him John's ...
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Lawsuits over fake social media content

Someone developed a social media network that permits users to post local news/events and information. What are the legal ramifications toward the developer if someone uses the platform as a way to ...
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Defamation due to breach of confidentiality

Hypothetical: I say negative stuff about John Doe to my psychologist, stuff which isn't defamation per se. My psychologist doesn't directly act on my statements, but does share my statements with ...
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A query with regard to Defamation and Data Privacy

Suppose student X fails in Professor A’s class. X takes professor A’s picture from the university website and then puts up posters around campus with the picture along with offensive comments. He ...
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Is posting the wrong photo of a criminal suspect actionable defamation?

Sometimes police or others will post an incorrect photo (or name) of a person and mistakenly identify them as a criminal suspect. For example, ATM video cameras do not sync transactions with the video,...