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libel

[lī′bəl]
Etymology: L, libellus, little book
a false accusation written, printed, or typewritten, or presented in a picture or a sign that is made with malicious intent to defame the reputation of a person who is living or the memory of a person who is dead, resulting in public embarrassment, contempt, ridicule, or hatred.

libel

(lī′bĕl) [L. libellus, little book, pamphlet]
Defaming the character of another by means of the written word. To qualify legally as libel, written communication must intentionally impugn the reputation of another person and be both malicious and demonstrably false.

libel (lī´bəl),

n 1. that which is written and published in order to injure the character of another by ridicule or contempt.
2. a defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs.
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Hernandez's firm disputed Cureton's criticism and filed a $1 million lawsuit against the city, alleging Cureton libeled the firm and that the city had breached its contract by failing to adequately pay for Inter-Con's service guarding neighborhoods damaged by the Northridge Earthquake.
Hernandez's firm filed a $1 million lawsuit against the city and Cureton, claiming it was libeled and that the city had not fully paid what it was supposed to for work guarding earthquake-damaged blocks of apartment buildings, dubbed by city officials as ``ghost towns,'' in the San Fernando Valley.
In his ruling, Justice Roger Bell said that two vegetarian activists libeled McDonald's, as the fast-food giant had claimed when it sued them.