- 1. a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation.
- 2. (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) a plaintiff's written declaration.
- 1. defame (someone) by publishing a libel: "she alleged the magazine had libeled her"
- 2. (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) bring a suit against: "if a ship does you any injury you libel the ship"
libel: [noun] a written statement in which a plaintiff in certain courts sets forth the cause of action or the relief sought. a handbill especially attacking or defaming someone.
tort: [noun] a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction.
slander: [noun] the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation.
Jan 01, 2016 · Slander and libel are considered to be civil wrongs, for which the law considers a monetary award to be a sufficient remedy for a wronged individual. In fact, while a successful plaintiff in a slander lawsuit may be awarded money, the court generally cannot force the defendant to retract the statement, or to publish an apology.
Libel and slander laws fall under this category. Third, negligently false statements of fact may lead to civil liability in some instances. Lastly, some implicit statements of fact—those that have a "false factual connotation"—can also fall under this exception. There is also a fifth category of analysis.
An action of libel required the same five general points as slander, except that it specifically involved the publication of defamatory statements. For certain criminal charges of libel, such as seditious libel, the truth or falsity of the statements was immaterial, as such laws were intended to maintain public support of the government and ...
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