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The difference between libel and slander

From http://grammarist.com/usage/libel-slander/: (emphasis mine) Libel is the use of false, defamatory claims about someone in written or printed form. Slander likewise denotes false statements ...
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Why may the German government decide if Jan Böhmermann will be prosecuted?

The Bundesregierung is (like the police, the prosecuting authority, etc.) part of Germany’s executive. StGB § 104a defines under which conditions offences described in chapter 3 Straftaten gegen ...
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I'm being defamed on Facebook. Do I have a legal case?

So Maryland is a Defimation Per Se state, and lists accusations of moral turpitude, criminal conduct, or fraud. I would say on the second statement about offering support ot Hamas and/or Hezbollah, ...
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Can video game companies sue for slander or defamation

Such a lawsuit would be unsuccessful in the United States, given the numerous barriers imposed by the First Amendment. First, a plaintiff can only win a defamation case if it proves that the ...
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May I curse or belittle an officer with no repercussions?

Short Answer "An obstruction conviction cannot stand when it is based on speech protected by an individual’s first amendment right to criticize on-duty police officers" Source: Amicus Brief to ...
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Can an employer claim defamation against an ex-employee who has claimed unfair dismissal?

Typically in defamation law, claims made persuiant to litigation are not defamatory, since they are going to be tested for validity if the case goes to trial. I'm not familiar with any differences in ...
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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?

If you state, to a third person, that Joe has performed a criminal act then that is defamation and you can be sued. Unless it is true. However, if you are relying on the truth as a defence you will ...
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What kind of legal trouble would have a law firm that called its defeated opponents assholes?

Calling someone an "asshole" is, at least in the US, an expression of opinion and so is not defamation. Saying that someone has committed a crime may be defamation, but not if that person has in fact ...
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Is there such a thing as "indirect" defamation?

The answer is likely "yes" in both scenarios, because defamation can be either intentional or negligent. This is what the Restatement says: (1) Publication of defamatory matter is its ...
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Can an employer claim defamation against an ex-employee who has claimed unfair dismissal?

If the claimant shares their believe that X is the reason for dismissal, with friends or colleagues, can they later face defamation charges? The viability of a defamation suit depends on the import ...
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Can you sue someone for online harassment if you agreed to it?

The site's owners would likely be immune from any civil action based on its users' conduct, under Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act: No provider or user of an interactive ...
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Defamation, Slander, and Infowars

Alex Jones has been sued for defamation; see Alex Jones Retracts Chobani Claims to Resolve Lawsuit - The New York Times The basis of the lawsuit were the reports published on Infowars (the website ...
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Implied insults

If I understand your question, you're asking the difference between something like this: "You shouldn't do business with Bob; he's a child molester. Raped a whole bunch of kids. Everyone knows ...
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May I curse or belittle an officer with no repercussions?

You say "morally in the wrong" as if there was only one moral code on Earth and this is simply not true. For example, there are moral codes where eating pork is wrong and others where it is not. This ...
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What kinds of insults would result and have resulted in someone being imprisoned in Germany?

Here are a few examples (sorry, they are in German) https://www.echo24.de/region/kuenzelsau-24-jaehriger-verurteilt-gefaengnis-beleidigungen-instagram-13181018.html https://www.mainpost.de/regional/...
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What is required for a slander lawsuit?

Partial answer (other parts of an answer would be jurisdiction specific): Would this constitute a slander lawsuit against the group of employees and outside agency? The employee falsely alleged to ...
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Do laws against libel and slander [malice] also apply to incomplete information?

For defamation, the statement must be untrue and it must damage the person's reputation; it does not have to be malicious, even an innocently made untrue statement can be defamation. It is important ...
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Is it possible to be a "derivative" party to a slander suit?

Does the employer then go on to say "we fired the employee for such-and-such" when contacted by potential future employers, or otherwise make the fact of the firing publicly known? If so, the employer ...
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How does pressing charges for slander work?

Defamation (Libel and Slander. See J. Jonah Jamerson for the difference between the two) is not a protected act of speech because it is speech used to harm someone on claims of actual damage. Since ...
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Sentiment Analysis on Persons, Companies, Things

There is nothing illegal in the United States about publishing survey results about pretty much anything, so long as you truthfully publish what your survey reveals. Also, foreign judgments related to ...
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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?

It's not clear exactly what you're asking (surely it's not whether Joe is foolish enough: we have no idea). I think you're asking if you could be sued for defamation for making these accusations. It ...
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When is public humiliation and slander illegal?

In Canada as in the US, truth is a defence against defamation. Additionally, if the plaintiff makes the statement, then the defendant didn't, and the plaintiff would have no basis for pursuing a ...
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Is a CEO of a company a de facto public figure?

Generally, no A limited purpose public figure must have "thrust themselves to the forefront of particular public controversies in order to influence the resolution of the issues involved" to be a ...
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Could asking someone to participate in a lawsuit count as defamation? I suspect he was illegally evicted as well

Truthfully telling another person that you are suing, or planning to sue, your former landlord is not defamation. Truthfully reporting what you yourself hav observed is not defamation either. In ...
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Could asking someone to participate in a lawsuit count as defamation? I suspect he was illegally evicted as well

When does it help getting more people on "your side" when taking a claim to court? When relevant testimony given by credible witnesses reinforces your claims and/or serves to reflect your adversary's ...
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Impersonation - promoting contents to make it look like it's coming from someone else

What are the legal implications of all of this? Person B has a viable claim of defamation for statements falsely attributed to him. If the false representations are severe by falsely attributing to ...
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Can I sue someone for publicly calling me a sex offender if I'm not one?

Can I sue someone for publicly calling me a sex offender if I'm not one? Yes. However, in this particular case you need to take a preliminary step regardless of your jurisdiction, which I assume is ...
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How to manage landlord/landlady's aggression towards a child?

The landlady is entitled to her opinions You don't have to listen to her about them. It's your home. Your landlady can only enter with your permission or by strictly following the requirements of ...
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DHL messed up completely, then were very rude with me. Is it libel/defamation if I publish it on the web?

It is my understanding that, as long as what I publish is truthful, it shouldn't constitute defamation That is correct. Under US defamation law, truth is an absolute defense in claims of defamation. ...
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