Questions tagged [libel]

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Is Twitter liable for its content?

Twitter has allegedly censored a New York Post story alleging possible corruption by Hunter Biden and, by implication, Joe Biden in overseas business dealings.[1] Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday said ...
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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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Is it libel if I reasonably believed it to be true?

Suppose I'm a major newspaper journalist. A rape occurs, and the police arrest the suspect. Bucking all journalistic trends, I run a story with the headline, "Rapist CAUGHT," not "...
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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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Is there a law that requires allegiance or respect to the Office of the President of the United States?

It has become common in America today to hear people refer to the President of the United States as "not-my-president". Is such a statement as saying that the head of our Executive Branch is "not-my-...
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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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Am I responsible for stopping potentially libellous posts being submitted to a Facebook group I am an admin of?

If a member of a Facebook group that I am an administrator for posts something, in this instance an accusation of criminal wrongdoing, that is then reported by another user as being a lie, or ...
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California news media defamation damages and actual malice

California Civil Code 48a concerns libels in news media: (a) In any action for damages for the publication of a libel in a daily or weekly news publication, or of a slander by radio broadcast, ...
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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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What constitutes written malice?

Imagine a person writes a book about a prominent politician (e.g. Donald Trump or Obama) or corporate celebrity (e.g. Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos). The book is essentially a political exposé, focusing on ...
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Are there guidelines for identifying people as public figures?

By "public figure," I mean people who can be legally photographed and written/talked about in the media (including self-published books). All elected officials are considered public figures, and I ...
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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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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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Could libel have legal action taken if the would be defendent was using a VPN that goes to another country?

Normally, if someone writes libelous material about somebody online, they are traced by name and/or IP address. But, let’s say there are neither. So, someone wants to accuse someone of using meth on ...
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Is it legal to call someone a pedophile without a conviction?

I just discovered that a number of people are calling Alan Dershowitz - the attorney famously linked to Jeffrey Epstein - a pedophile online. Consider this statement made on Twitter: Alan ...
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Is a CEO of a company a de facto public figure?

In other words, does a CEO share the same protections as a private citizen against slander/libel if the CEO only appears to the public (in interviews, shows, etc.) as a representative of the company ...
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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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In Canada, can you be sued if you specifically name a salesperson in a poor review?

Say that I did business with Acme Corporation and my salesperson was John Smith. I want to write a review of my service that specifically says "John Smith was not a good sales person" in my online ...
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When can you avoid libel by preceding a false statement with “Sources say” or “I heard”?

Suppose the New York Times writes "Sources say the celebrity John Doe raped his daughter" and they truly found two anonymous people (i.e., two sources) beforehand with that claim. How responsible is ...
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Impersonation - promoting contents to make it look like it's coming from someone else

We have 2 people, person A and person B. Let's say person A decides to fabricate contents and made it look like it came from person B and promoted it to anyone and everyone. Person A made it look to ...
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Is it libel of one merely shares libelous material written by others?

Can one be punished / successfully sued for sharing libelous material written by someone else? For example, I read on a news website that John Doe committed a horrible crime. If I share this article, ...
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Is there anything illegal (U.S.) about sending clients something factual about former employer?

I have posted a bunch of other questions on here regarding my situation with an ex-employer/friend who owes me pay ($100K+) for my work on deals that have closed, meaning he has the money in-hand. He ...
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False written accusations not made public - is there law to cover this?

If a person makes a false accusation against me in written, but not a published form, such as email, is there a legal process I can enact which would force the accusing party to either retract the ...
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Can I sue someone for publicly calling me a sex offender if I'm not one?

I was removed from the sex offender list by the state in May because I don't have a sex related crime, but I can still find myself posted on websites and posts labeling me as a registered sex offender....
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Can a private chat conversation about someone be considered defamation?

I recently commented on a Facebook post of a friend and suddenly got messaged by someone who was involved in the post. This person is in fact part of my social circle, however we are not close, we ...
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Do I face liability for publishing a ranked list of companies?

I want to create a website in which I will list various of companies in a niche area. I will write pros/cons and publish a ranking list based on my opinion. So my questions are: Can I create such a ...
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Is publication of an unpaid debt considered to be libelous?

In the United States, if a debtor is in default, is it considered libel if the creditor publishes the fact that the debtor is delinquent? My understanding is that normally truth is a perfect defense ...
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Personal vs Corporate Liability: A Simple Example

Imagine a person, Mr. X, who says something really bad about another person. Let's say he falsely accuses him of robbing a bank and abandoning his children. In fact, he says it twice. He says it once ...
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Is it legal to mention famous singer and song title in autobiography?

I've been writing an autobiography about sexual abuse that happened to me throughout my childhood. The abuser was the dad of a famous singer. Once I was old enough (18) to leave home and file charges (...
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Where is the distinction between libel and publicly voiced opinion?

I've always been interested in issues related to free speech, but they've also always seemed a bit tricky to make any determinations over as they encompass both opinions and strict legal codes. As I ...
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Is it legal to post my experience about my landlord?

I had a horrible experience, wanted to move out and the landlord reactivated the ad. Is it legal to post a comment to highlight my negative experiences? To me it seems like giving 1 star to a product ...
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Sentiment Analysis on Persons, Companies, Things

Are there any laws against applying sentiment analysis on people, places, or things using open source data? How about data only found on my network (proprietary user opinion of other people, places, ...
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Are parents responsible for libel committed by their children?

If a minor commits libel, are their parents or guardian liable for the tort?
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In Germany, can an Individual press charges against a Newspaper for Libel?

So I've read the following: "You cannot publish untrue information about anyone or anything that could negatively affect that person or thing's reputation on your public blog. It doesn't matter if you ...
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Would it be libel if published information was “leaked” by third parties?

Suppose your company is doing a competitive analysis on a competitor, and compiles a set of unflattering data. This is for "internal" (company) use, not for publication. But a hacker breaks into your ...
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Is “republication” a defense against libel?

The New York Times published a story alleging that person A did X. You publish a piece that said, "The New York Times reported that A did X." Later, Person A sues the New York Times and wins. Can ...
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Libel and the presidency

President Trump has been accused by women of rape, however he has never been convicted in court. If one were to write in a reputable publication that Trump "is a rapist," would such a publication be ...
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Is it legal to publish an edited version of an article without a disclaimer?

Say I were to write an opinionated letter to the editor. Then, the newspaper edited my article for content (deleted something they didn't like, changed wording, or otherwise changed the meaning of my ...
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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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Can I be sued for libel for warning others about claims maybe by individuals who do not want to come forward to collaborate them?

This question is asked out of curiosity. While I ask this using a situation form my own life I'm not asking for legal advice and my actions are not going to be affected by the answers, I'm not ...
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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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Is it illegal for public figures to knowingly state a falsehood?

Here is an excerpt from this article in the New York Times: The Supreme Court established the First Amendment principles that govern the country’s libel laws in 1964, with its unanimous decision in ...
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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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Posting Sex Offender Information Online

Sex Offender Information is public to an extent. If I become aware of a sexual offender in an area and simply post a link to the registry with the intent to merely inform others and not harass nor ...
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Can you sued for libel for telling the truth in negative advertisement?

In the event of a lawsuit against a previous employer for non payment. And the evidence against them includes notarized statements from previous employees with statements towards the owner refusal to ...