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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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A LARGE libel payout awarded to Kate and Gerry McCann will help fund the search for their missing daughter Madeleine.
Amaral, who led the initial investigation into the disappearance in 2007, has been ordered to pay Madeleine's parents PS358,000 in libel damages.
Unfortunately, O'Brien's book seeks refuge in the general over the specific, and, as such, misses an opportunity to say something truly thought-provoking about blood libels as fascinating instances of imaginative violence.
Darren O'Brien's The Pinnacle of Hatred: The Blood Libel and the Jews
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".
In addition, the program restated numerous old libels and lies, such as Israel is planning to destroy the al Aqsa Mosque, The Jewish holy Temple was not on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel desecrated the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and many others.
Animosities in Marlowe's play anticipate criticism of the Jacobean Bedchamber in part because Marlowe was responding to libels provoked by innovations in the chamber politics of the French king Henri III that also anticipate Jacobean practice.
The ISP claimed the defense of "innocent dissemination", the recourse of most ISPs to protect themselves from the myriad potential libels hosted on their servers.
A traditional news organization like the Times can be held legally and financially responsible for any libels its reporters generate because the Times has editorial policies and an editorial hierarchy ensuring that nothing will appear in the newspaper that its editors have not approved before publication.
He claimed they contained "grave and offensive" libels.
Chief Justice Ronan Keane said that the libel, although serious and justifying an award of substantial damages, "cannot be regarded as coming within the category of the grossest and most serious libels, which have come before the courts".