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defamation

[def′əmā′shən]
Etymology: L, diffamare, to discredit
any communication, written or spoken, that is untrue and that injures the good name or reputation of another or that in any way brings that person into disrepute.

defamation

(dĕf″ă-mā′shŭn)
In law, an act of communication that is a quasi-intentional tort (civil wrong) that occurs when one person communicates false information to another person that injures or harms a third person who, as a result, is shamed, held in contempt, ridiculed, loses status or reputation in the community, or experiences loss of employment or of earnings. Oral defamation is slander. Written defamation is libel.

defamation (def´əmā´shən),

n the act of detracting from the reputation of another. The offense of injuring a person's reputation by false and malicious statements.
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She said that this was part of a campaign to libel and slander the Sisterhood, which started with Al-Fagr's article against them.
Libel and slander represent two distinct common law regimes for the adjudication of defamation actions.
In libel and slander cases brought against governmental employees and/or officials, the loss of governmental immunity can only result in situations in which a governmental official or employee acts out of malice toward the one who is allegedly the victim of libel or slander.
The Supreme Court noted that the appellants had originally challenged the constitutionality of the Ontario Libel and Slander Act, but given the nature of the arguments and the limited evidentiary basis for the challenge, focused on a second argument.
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Nye depicts a society where journalists, politicians, jealous husbands, and sundry other honorable hotheads insult and injure each other, and, weak libel and slander laws aiding, resolve their disputes with the point of an epee.
The common law torts of libel and slander make up defamation law.
The company is currently interviewing several high profile law firms, with expertise in this area, to represent them in filing defamation of character, libel and slander law suits against several individuals.
In addition to the claim for libel and slander, Starr is seeking an injunction to stop her repeating the claims.
After a general introduction, he covers censorship, modern prior restraints, libel and slander, privacy, copyrights and trademarks, fair trial, free press, newsgatherer's privilege, freedom of information, obscenity, electronic media regulation, media ownership, advertising, and student presses.
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