The Supreme Court recognizes a persons reputation to be an important possession.
Defamation means injury to one's reputation. Written defamation is considered libel. Spoken defamation is labeled slander.
Journalists should be aware that what they write may be construed as libel. You can often avoid a libel suit if you respond quickly and respectfully to complaints.
Usually, publishers can avoid such suits by printing a retraction.
Normally, the burdern of proof in libel cases falls onto the plaintiff. The plaintiff must normally prove the following elements occured:
Normally, truth is an adequate defense for the defendant.
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