What are the laws regarding defamation, slander and libel?


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slander:  False or malicious statements that are insulting or belittling and hurt a person's reputation.  See libel.

libel:  False and malicious (lies) written or published material that is defamatory (insulting) and hurts a person's reputation.  See slander.


NY Const art. I, § 8 Freedom of speech and press; criminal prosecutions for libel

Civil Rights Law § 75 Defamation by radio or television

Civil Rights Law § 76 Action for libel: evidence, separate verdicts

Civil Rights Law § 77 Special damages in action for slander of a woman

Civil Rights Law § 78 Mitigating circumstances in action for libel or slander

CPLR 3016 Particularity in specific actions

General Business Law § 516 Improper use of credit cards or debit cards; defense of lawful detention

General Business Law § 218 Defense of lawful detention

Statute of Limitations

CPLR 215 (3)

Secondary Sources available in public access law libraries

New York Jurisprudence Defamation and Privacy

Practical Law Labor & Employment, Defamation in Employment References State Law Chart: Overview

New York Pattern Jury Instructions, Div 3 pt D Torts Other than Negligence -- Defamation

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