MCO 503 Module 2 Discussion Two.docx - The elements of libel the plaintiff's case states seven elements 1 The statement of fact 2 That is published 3

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The elements of libel: the plaintiff's case states seven elements: 1. The statement of fact 2. That is published, 3. That is of and concerning the plaintiff, 4. That is defamatory, 5. That is false, 6. That causes damage [or harm] and 7. For which the defendant is at fault. I find the 5 th element one that can be removed if one had to be. The 5 th element, “That is false,” can be removed because the 4 th element is on defamation. In the textbook on page 156, it lists definitions of defamatory. Out of the seven definitions, “words or images that are false and injurious to another” is stated. This statement/definition itself explains and includes the 5 th element, thus not losing meaning if it was removed from the required elements of libel. Lastly, removing this element would not affect the definition of libel because it’s already stated in the 4 th element. The only negative effect I see it having is the court having to remind and reiterate that
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  • Spring '17
  • Elyse Kallgren

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