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noun as in purposeful lie about someone, often malicious

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This decision revolutionized libel law and has guided how the Supreme Court and lower courts have interpreted the First Amendment in the subsequent decades.

Yet under Alabama’s strict libel laws, Sullivan still won his lawsuit, with a jury awarding him $500,000 in damages, the largest libel verdict in the United States at that time.

By 1961, the Times confronted $7 million in potential libel judgments and the possibility of bankruptcy.

In it, the Supreme Court said that even if a news report about a public figure was false, it couldn’t be the basis for a libel judgment unless it showed “reckless disregard” for the truth.

There is no reason that these platforms should not be held to the same libel standards as print publishers, broadcasters, or cable channels.

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The McCann family is battling Amaral for damages in an ongoing libel case in Portugal.

A libel suit reverses the roles of plaintiff and defendant; the former must defend itself against the latter's charges.

Yitzhar spokesman says the settlement 'has won a number of libel suits against media groups and the Israel Police.'

According to Dershowitz, Corey called Harvard Law School and threatened to sue to the school for libel for his comments.

The bill aims to protect the IDF from libel by Israel detractors.

As the actions of slander and libel have been described, only two others require notice, mandamus and quo warranto.

If the editor forgets himself, as in the case cited, suit for libel is sure to be brought and often proves a serious thing.

Nor is it liable for libel in transmitting a telegram stating that a person had been bought up.

If A writes a libel, and B prints it and C publishes it, the person wronged may sue all jointly, or either one of them separately.

Another bill carried this session made some alterations in the law relating to defamation and libel.


On this page you'll find 81 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to libel, such as: defamation, aspersion, calumny, denigration, lying, and obloquy.

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