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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In fiction, is it legal to state a newspaper wrote an article when in fact it never did?

I'm writing a novel. I have a line in my book that goes something like this: He looked at the newspaper on the table. The Chicago Tribune featured an article that read, "Hank Reed sentenced to 20 ...
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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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Can you libel the dead?

Imagine a situation where Mr. A knows that Mr. Z did something bad. Let's say Mr. Z robbed a bank. However, Mr. A is afraid to say anything, because he doesn't have proof that Mr. Z robbed a bank - ...
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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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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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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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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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What can I do about an ex-landlord “trash talking” me on Facebook?

I had lived in a shared rental house with 4 other tenants. Problems arose when the landlord wanted me to move out early despite what the lease said. He got the other tenants to bug me until I agreed, ...
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Can Social Media Reviews Be Considered Defamation?

I live in an apartment building. I found an advertisement flyer on my car and I was annoyed. Inside the entrance of the building there is a "No Solicitation" sign. I'm not sure about the legality of ...
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Is it defamatory to tell someone that they have a lack of professionalism and integrity?

In the U.S. could I be found liable for defamation for telling persons A, B, and C that person A "lacks professionalism and integrity?"
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Can fiction “fail” to be defamatory if it is “less bad” than the actual facts?

In the year 2000, Fox TV produced a rather embarrassing show called "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire." Insiders know who did what within the show, but suppose someone produced a fictionalized ...
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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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How is “defamation” defined?

I have a recollection that late in the 20th century in the United States, A called B a "bastard." B sued A for defamation. The court ruled in favor of the defendant. Its first observation was that (...
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Can defamation involve a non-believing third party?

A false statement communicated to a third party can be defamatory per se, not requiring proof of actual damage, if the statement falls into one of 4 categories: accusation of committing a crime, ...
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Can anyone prevail against government law enforcement agencies for defamatory press releases?

The following problem is becoming notorious (among first search results: "online guilty before proven innocent"): Police arrest or charge citizen for a crime. Police issue press release about the ...
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Is lying about a candidate protected speech in the United States?

Per Wikipedia: False statements that are on matters of public concern and that defame public figures are unprotected if either the speaker has knowledge that his statements are false, there is ...
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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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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,...
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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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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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How does the statute of limitations on defamation work?

My understanding is that defamation has a very short window for a lawsuit, like one year. So suppose a libelous statement was published in a widely circulated journal, call it the New York Times, and ...
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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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If A makes a potentially “defamatory” statement to C about B, does it matter if C knows B well?

Suppose A tells C that "B is a total liar, nothing s/he says can be believed." And suppose C has known B since childhood. Would the statement be less defamatory since C is in a good position to judge ...
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Cheapest way to get a court order for Amazon

My company is being severely defamed by a post on a website hosted by Amazon's cloud hosting service (AWS). Amazon declines to remove the website/post without a court order. The site's owner (...
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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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Legal issues of a website such as [businessname]sucks.com

What kinds of legal issues do websites such as [businessname]sucks.com have in terms of copyright infringement, libel and defamation, and/or other issues? Let's say there is a website called [...
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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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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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Libel of website

Is it possible to libel a website such as Craigslist or Facebook in a work of fiction? For example, if one were to write about a fictional character who had an interaction with another character, and ...
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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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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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Implied insults

What are the legal differences between an explicit insult, that qualifies as slander, and an implication of the same insult? I am a German citizen, so I'd prefer answers applicable to Germany. But ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Help regarding revenge site/cyberstalking/cybersquatting [closed]

I am a victim of cyberstalking and cybersquatting by an ex. After I terminated our very short 3 month relationship, this person contacted my significant other, my separated spouse (unwanted, and they ...
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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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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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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. ...