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libel

1. Law
a. the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc.
b. the act of publishing such matter
2. Ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
3. Scots law the formal statement of a charge
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The law imposes higher hurdles on public figures attempting to prove they were libeled than it does on private citizens.
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The lawsuit alleges the 10 were later libeled in a chamber press release that also was published in the organization's newsletter.
Ten former Palmdale Chamber of Commerce members have filed a lawsuit alleging they were wrongfully ousted and then libeled by chamber leaders.