defamation

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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.
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Unlike defamation, injurious falsehood places the onus of proof on the plaintiff to prove falsity, as well as malice and an actual loss.
Inc., parent company of the USA Today newspaper and the Arizona Republic for libel, false light invasion of privacy, injurious falsehood and tortuous interference with business relations.
(New York) and its employees from "publishing, distributing or disseminating false, defamatory, injurious falsehoods" concerning World Business Media (WBM; New York) and its publication GSN: Government Security News, has been lifted by Federal District Court, Southern District.
However, 12 of the employees dismissed over the incident have now filed a lawsuit which seeks damages for defamation, injurious falsehoods and malice occasioned them by the airline and two of its managers, according to The East African Standard.