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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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One of the environmental campaigners found guilty of libelling fast-food giant McDonald's took another swipe at the company today.
JUDGES will rule today in the final round of a 15-year legal wrangle between fast-food giant McDonald's and two campaigners found guilty of libelling the company.
The pair were found guilty of libelling fast food giant McDonald's in 1997 and ordered to pay damages of pounds 40, 000 for handing out leaflets attacking the company's working practices and policies.