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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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Now, in addition to a defence filed by Mr James, the chief executive has himself issued a libel writ against Mrs Thompson, alleging she has libelled him in comments on her blog.
A massive lawsuit which became a thorn in the flesh of burger giant McDonald's returned to court yesterday with an appeal by two environmental campaigners against a judge's ruling that they had libelled the fast food chain.
In November Mrs Thompson issued a libel writ against Mr James and the council, alleging comments made by the chief executive on the madaxeman blog libelled her.