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Questions tagged [defamation]

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

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Are there legal implications to lying about your sponsors?

Let's say I release a video where I say "sponsored by Company C" even though they never sponsored me. Are there legal implications to lying about that, or is this action protected by the First ...
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Am I allowed to record people without their permission in Montgomery Maryland?

Basically I suspect that someone I know is spreading malicious rumors about me, which I think falls under defamation. I've thought about trying to talk with them and find the answer, but if they do ...
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What are some remedies for a poor person if a petty rich guy buries him with frivolous lawsuits?

A poor, jobless person made a careless remark about a rich and petty person. The rich person gets to know about it and sues the poor person for defamation. Does the poor person need to hire a lawyer ...
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On what basis did the UK courts prevent the media from publishing stories on Philip Green's behaviour?

Allegations of various sorts of inappropriate behaviour were made by several employees of Philip Green. These claims were settled and the settlements included NDAs. There is no allegation that these ...
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Can I write about a *copy* of a dead celebrity?

I'm writing a science fiction novel and I want to use Jim Morrison (lead singer for The Doors who died 47 years ago) as a minor character. Actually, it is a copy of Jim Morrison uploaded after his ...
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Defamation vs Works for Hire II

I asked a question at here that drew an unexpected, though helpful, answer. In order to understand the big picture, I want to ask a similar question, with a twist. Suppose I hire someone to draw a ...
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Defamation vs Works for Hire

Suppose I create a very unflattering portrait of a celebrity and publish it in a book marketed as a scathing attack on corruption. If the picture crosses the line, I could be sued for defamation. But ...
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Data & privacy: what is the actual extent of this audio/video approval form?

In the context of a tech conference I'll attend, a big tech company is organizing a social event which requires to RSVP. The process involves a form, with an obligatory check box to the following ...
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Publishing non-public figure name in a website

Is the following statement reasonable? "It seems to me that since you are not a public figure, you should be permitted to control your own name and they should not be able to simply include you in ...
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Can a part time lecturer in a public university be still a public figure?

Is a part-time lecturer of a public university (without quarterly renewed and without any benefits) still a "limited public figure"?
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Lease dispute, over email and text message

I am a college student signing a lease for an apartment to rent for a year. I was told verbally by the sales representative that on-site indoor garage parking would be included with the rent. The ...
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Can a statement of one's beliefs constitute defamation if those beliefs can't be proven true?

I believe that a group of businesses is engaging in anti-competitive behavior and that they are acting in a coordinated effort to maintain artificially-inflated prices and are publishing dishonest ...
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Public figure status in Canadian defamation law

Earlier this month the controversial professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto became the plaintiff in a slander suit against a professor at Wilfred Laurier University. If this were in ...
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Defamation via people finder websites

There are a number of websites that allow you to search for information about people, generally based on typing in their name and state of residence. If they put the wrong information about a person ...
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Can you sue someone for online harassment if you agreed to it?

Say that you're on a toxic online forum and you know that the community is anonymous and that everyone bashes everyone, and you've agreed to the terms of use which state that the owner of the forum is ...
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Who can I turn to to have a newspaper article removed from the internet?

I'm trying to get some information removed from the internet. It was an article which was published by a news publication called The Poughkeepsie Journal, which is located in a town called ...
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Is there such a thing as “indirect” defamation?

A says to B, "You are a lousy drug dealer." They are overheard by a bystander, C, with consequent damage to B, who really isn't a drug dealer. My understanding is that "defamation" does not exist for ...
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Was defamation legal in Russian empire in the 19th century?

In Dostoevsky's Idiot, it seemed that it was perfectly legal to publish articles of slanderous nature. Was there any legal protection of a Russian's rights in publicity in the 1800's?
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How can an allegation of NOT having an affair be a defamation?

Yesterday, 3/27/18, it was reported that the porn actress Stormy Daniels sued President Trump's lawyer Mr. Cohen for defamation because he alleged that Stormy Daniels did not have an affair with Mr. ...
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Can someone win a defamation suit based off some voice recordings?

This guy I was seeing, we'll call him A, is now accusing me of defamation of character. He and I ended our sexual relationship approximately 3 months ago. He was someone who had a girlfriend, and ...
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Is truth the ultimate defense to defamation in the USA?

Is truth the ultimate defense to a defamation lawsuit in the USA? Does a defamation defense vary between states? Even if the release of truthful information results in permanent career damage (i.e....
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Someone has a video of me doing drugs. Is there legal protection against its release?

It's a bit like slander, except there is no false information. I wanted to Google whatever this may be called to see what my options are if this video is ever released. I'm stumped as to what to ...
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Who has the burden of proof in a defamation case, plaintiff or defendant?

If a defamatory statement is published and the defamed person sues the person making the statement or claim for making a false and defamatory statement, who has the burden of proof, the plaintiff or ...
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Defamation, Slander, and Infowars

I was reading an article today where one of the victims of the Los Vegas shooting was saying that he was being harassed and threatened by people who buy into the conspiracy theory that no one died in ...
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Defamation: someone accused me of doing something wrong, but legal nevertheless. (Read details)

Someone made a fake Facebook account and talked about sexual, disgusting things. Then someone exposed him by taking screenshots. Someone commented on those screenshots by saying that it was me who was ...
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Can I be sued for warning of a potential crowdfunding scam?

Note: I don't seem to find any pertinent tags (such as "crowdfunding" so bear with me if the tabs are not correct) I recently got of (potential) scam from a (successfully funded) campaign on Indieogo ...
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How does Seth MacFarlane get away with defamatory commentary?

How does Seth MacFarlane/Family Guy/Fox get away with defamatory words/depictions that harm the reputation of brands/companies/logos/mascots/characters/real people? Or, do they get sued a lot and ...
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Can I use real life brand names in a computer game?

I'm working on a computer game, where the player will be controlling a fictional country in the 1950s. I want to make it possible for the player to purchase products with real life brand names. For ...
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What types of recourse do I have against people who pursue me on social media with the intent of making my professional life difficult?

I have already posted one thread here about my interactions with people on Facebook. Briefly, I made a factual statement about a mathematical concept that some people thought was incorrect and decided ...
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Does adding a non-committal verb bypass defamation/libel?

So I went to CNN's website today at 6:40est today and saw a headline "Google fires male engineer for reportedly saying Women shouldn't work in the tech industry" Mind you it was just a headline and ...
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Is a B2B blacklist legal

We have a business client who is a non-payer and we've had enough. Is it legal to share details of this non-paying business to other businesses like mine? It wasn't mentioned anywhere in the ...
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Could a president sue a person for defamation during their time in office?

In this hypothetical (unless it's happened in the past), a prominent citizen or news agency makes statements about the president, or his decisions or policies, that are knowingly inaccurate or false ...
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Are awards ever subsequently revised based on new developments, other than divorce cases?

In a divorce case, alimony may be subsequently modified either up or down, based on the changes in financial circumstances of either the payor (usually the husband) or the recipient (usually the wife)....
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Can the title/subject of my self-published novella get me sued?

I've written a novella entitled 'Regression Therapy' which I intend to self-publish. It's a black-comedy about a man who undergoes past life regression therapy and, well, it has negative consequences. ...
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Developing a video game set in a real life business. Can I get sued?

I've been developing a video game for some time now. The game takes place inside a real-life, privately owned restaurant. The game art style is more realistic than anything. Just about everything is ...
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Could “Brutus is an honorable man” be a defamatory statement in the U.K.?

"Brutus is an honorable man" is not a defamatory statement on its face. That, I believe, would satisfy U.S. law. But the quote was from Shakespeare. And the context was an ironic way of implying that ...
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How would the defendants in the McLibel case have more defenses in the U.S. than in the U.K

McDonald's sued two activists in Britain for libel, and won what I would consider a "mixed" verdict in the so-called McLibel case. My understanding is that defendants in Britain have to prove ...
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What legal consequences exist for falsely accusing counterfeiting?

Entity A falsely accuses in a formal complaint with a large E-Commerce website, a retailer or group of retailers of knowingly selling counterfeit goods, for entity A's own benefit. Entity A files no ...
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In the United States (Michgan) is it legal to publish IP Addresses that were trying to hack my web server?

I have a private web server that gets attacked a lot (brute forces, nmap scans). I would like to compile a list of the IP addresses that were trying to hack my server and publish them on my website. ...
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I'm being hacked, stalked and gossiped about. Do I have a chance at suing for slander, character assasination?

I am a member of a laid back, everyone's equal, religious organization. Several years ago, a new parson was hired. He is a power seeker, a liar, and a narcissist. He aligned himself with a low but ...
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Can former President Obama sue President Trump for defamation? [duplicate]

President Trump has made assertions that former President Obama "wire tapped" him and Trump has claimed that he has evidence of this. It begins to appear that Trump has been lying about this and that ...
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How could accusations of defamation themselves be defamatory?

I was reading a helpful document on defamation in Scots law and it includes this: Further, it is important to remember that to accuse someone of making defamatory comments may, of itself, be ...
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Is it defamation if the defamatory comments were unintentionally published?

A person writes down defamatory statements, and they accidentally are communicated to someone else. Is that considered defamation?
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Could major news organizations have a case against President Trump for defamation / libel?

President Trump recently printed this: The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! and there are a large number of ...
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Can Chelsea Manning be sued in civil court by anyone named in the documents that were leaked?

Since Chelsea Manning's name is in the news, the following question seems interesting: Manning leaked a large set of documents Some of them could have clearly had a negative effect on specific ...
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Do I have recourse against my employer for broadcasting my suspension to coworkers?

I was suspended for a day and the manager sent out an email to at least 13 other people with suspension written on the schedule. What recourse do I have? This is very humiliating to me.
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Do Twitter disclaimers saying “opinions are my own” give any legal protection to the account owner?

A larger number of twitter accounts have a biography stating that tweets are their own opinion not that of their company. An example: Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer Does this ...
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What is the difference between Libel and Libel Per Se?

Defamation is defined on various legal online resources (as well as here, and Libel is written and published defamation. Libel is defamation and defined as a false and unprivileged statement of fact ...
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How can pro bono lawyers of a libel defendant become defendants themeselves?

According to this wikipedia article, Lord Aldington managed to join pro bono legal defenders for Nikolai Tolstoy as defendants in his libel lawsuit. "In 1996 the Court of Appeal upheld an order ...
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Can a statement be defamatory if it is damaging “out of context?”

Suppose someone said that I was "telling lies" at the bridge table. The reasons are that 1) he is a better player and 2) my bids at the bridge table don't quite agree with what I have in my hand. That ...