What is the punishment for libel and slander?
Any person who makes a libel, willfully publishes one or willfully or knowingly aids in the making of a libel may be punished by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 (and shall be liable in civil court to the injured party).
Are there any laws against slander?
Since California law treats defamation as an intentional tort, a defendant must have intended the specific publication. A publication means communication to some third person who understands the defamatory meaning of the statement and its application to the person to whom reference is made.
What is the law of defamation and slander?
The law of defamation, libel and slander can be complex and is invariably highly fact-specific. This Q&A is designed to provide guidance only.
When to go to court for libel or slander?
Under English law you must usually commence/issue any Court claim for libel or slander within one year of the date of publication. In the case of material which continues to be published online, the time will start to run from the date the material was first published.
Can a publisher be sued for libel or slander?
Any person, company or other legal body involved in publishing the defamatory material can be sued in libel or slander. This includes the author, any editor or any publishing company. Sometimes distributors of defamatory material can also be sued, including website owners and ISPs.
Can a defendant be forced to apologise for defamation?
It is usual to ask for an apology in your initial letter of complaint and common for the defendant to agree to publish an apology as part of a settlement. A court cannot usually force a defendant to apologise, however, so where a case goes to trial, vindication is achieved through a public judgment in your favour and the award of damages.