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Libel
by: FALDP Staff

Crystina,
Libel is a civil tort. A law suit for damages is filed in the county where the libel occurred, or where the parties reside. The only complete defense to libel is that the words are the truth. One component of bringing a claim for libel is your damages. How were you damaged? What may be obvious to you may not be so obvious to a judge.

According to www.nolo.com:

There are certain types of statements that are automatically considered defamatory in some states. These types of statements are often called defamatory "per se" Statements that are defamatory "per se" include statements that claim that the plaintiff:

has committed a serious, notorious, or immoral crime

has an infectious or terrible disease, or

is incompetent in his job, trade, or profession.

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