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Defamation by written means

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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 ...
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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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USA: Is the opposite of libel illegal?

The dictionary defines libel as: a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation In the USA, is the opposite illegal? That is: a published false statement that is ...
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How can libel laws be consistent with the 1st Amendment?

The 1st Amendment states Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press So how can libel law be constitutional?
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Depicting real places, public organisation names, and generic industries in an inaccurate manner in fiction

Could it be a case for libel if a fictional story has reference to the following… Places and countries (and some details, like description of locations, which may not be accurate) Reference to law ...
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Case of a libel judgment when an author is basing the premise of the story (fictionally) on the actual negative activities of the company?

I'm a fiction writer. (You all love these questions.) My publications ALWAYS begin with the general disclaimer "This is a work of fiction ..." However, I've been doing more realistic dramas, and I'll ...
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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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Risks of criticizing people online

Okay, so, basically, I want to make a blog about ripping on people. And it's not like just ripping because ripping but I really want to point out flaws in works/people/attitudes/technology/decisions ...
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Avoiding law suits with product comparisons

Upstate NY here, although this is more an internet-level question w.r.t. law. Also, an initial disclaimer: Although my particular use case does not involve Pepsi in any way/shape/form, I'm going to ...
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Do laws against libel and slander [malice] also apply to incomplete information?

I understand that if somebody posts false information about an individual and if it can be proved that individual had intent to cause malice against the other individual, then that can be brought to ...
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Is Peeple Legal?

This question has to do with the legality of "Peeple", which was described as "Yelp for People". The basic idea is that someone makes a profile for a person, listing their name, age, city, or ...
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UK-centric: how to stop a former colleague spreading informally unwelcome references?

I have a friend who took a former employer to tribunal, employer preferred to pay him early settlement compensation, signed mutual NDA not allowing any party (including employees) to disclose the ...
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Colloquialisms as defamatory statements

Considering a claim, in which the particulars state that words or phrases, often used in a colloquial manner, have caused or may cause financial and/or reputational damage to persons or businesses. ...
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What are my defenses against libel in this situation?

I had a dream that an acquaintance of mine was engaged in the African slave trade in the United States (that is right now, in the early 21st century). Suppose I turned the dream into a piece of ...
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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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Is contributory “publication” a defense against libel?

Suppose there was a work of fiction where one of the characters was based on a real one. And suppose the real person sued the author and, through the process of discovery, found private emails, author'...
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Is there a good defense against libel if a fictitious character is clearly a “composite?”

The name I had in mind was "Hillary Rice Whitman," the first female President of the United States. Maybe I'd make it Hillary Elizabeth Rice Whitman. Is the creation of the "composite" a strong ...
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How does changing a name FAIL to protect against a libel suit?

In the answer to this question, someone convinced me that changing Paul dePodesta's name to "Peter Brand" in "Moneyball, was enough to signal a "disconnect" between Mr. dePodesta and "Billy Beane's ...
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What is “fair comment” in the context of a defamation suit?

Suppose there is a nationally known politician, and it is widely reported in the papers that some of his supporters fear leaving their college-aged daughters alone with him. And suppose someone ...
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Are forum users who establish their identity more entitled to protection from libel?

In an online forum or social network does a user who ties the identity of their presence there to their real world identity have more recourse open to them with regard to being libeled than a user who ...
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The difference between libel and slander

I've heard people use the terms libel and slander interchangeably, but I know that they are different in the eyes of the law. What are the defining characteristics of each?
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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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How does changing a name protect against a libel suit when “everyone” knows who he is?

In the movie, "Moneyball," the name of Billy Beane's assistant was fictionalized to "Peter Brand." Yet anyone who has read Michael Lewis' book knows that his real name was Paul dePodesta. Mr. ...

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