What does Libel mean?

Libel is published, written or broadcasted information about someone which is considered false and malicious. It differs from slander, which is spoken. A civil lawsuit can be filed for libel if the party can prove the information has caused them loss (injured their reputation or caused loss of business it).

Libel can take many forms, but common types of libel include claiming someone has a sexually transmitted disease, which they do not have, or claiming they committed a crime they did not commit. There are several common defenses against libel. For instance, if the information is true, even if it is damaging, it is not libelous. Information which is privileged and information which is considered a comment or criticism (such as information which appears on an opinion page) is also not considered libel. Public officials have a higher standard of proof for libel than a private citizen. For instance, they must prove the information was published with actual malice.

(Tags - libel - slander - lawsuit )

Previous Entry


Next Entry

Loss of Consortium

Browse Legal Glossary Alphabetically:

1 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Z |

Personal Injury Attorneys near Ashburn VA

Brien Roche Law

Brien Roche Law Profile Picture
8355 Greensboro Dr
McLean, VA 22102


ChasenBoscolo Profile Picture
6402 Arlington Blvd
Suite 600 Falls Church, VA 22042

Hilton & Somer LLC

Hilton & Somer LLC Profile Picture
8303 Arlington Boulevard
Suite 102 Arlington, VA 22031

Term of the Day

Preferential Payment

Preferential payments are payments made to creditors within 90 days of a filing bankruptcy or within one year if the creditor is considered an insider

Category: bankruptcy