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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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MADELEINE McCann's parents Kate and Gerry have won [euro]500,000 in libel damages from a former police chief.
Amaral, who led the initial investigation into the disappearance in 2007, has been ordered to pay Madeleine's parents half a million euro in libel damages.
The same article stipulates that a suspect who libels a public official while carrying out his/her duty or defames the official's family could face up to three years in jail and/or a fine.
Blasphemous libel, defamatory libel, and corrupting children are three crimes which seem to not fit with our current age and conceptions of what is criminal and what is not.
Summary: Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has been ordered to pay Au50,000 libel damages to a former club director who alleged he was "persecuted".
Figurations of sodomitical royal patronage -- in literary fictions and libels -- reflect this concern.
However, the ISP's efforts do raise an interesting question: if it is scouring its news servers for possible libel, would the defense of "innocent dissemination" be inapplicable for any future libels suits arising from usenet postings?
The $30 million libel suit against online gossip Matt Drudge has little to do with justice - or the Internet.
LONDON, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A libel trial in the United Kingdom involving the sleeping medication Halcion ended today with a victory for The Upjohn Company (NYSE: UPJ).
LEEDS United chairman Ken Bates has to pay pounds 50,000 libel damages to a former director of the club who alleged he was "persecuted".
THE Irish Mirror yesterday won its Supreme Court appeal against the second highest libel award in Irish legal history.
A LARGE libel payout awarded to Kate and Gerry McCann will help fund the search for their missing daughter Madeleine.