malicious falsehood


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malicious falsehood

an actually spiteful communication, which is false, and which causes or is calculated to cause damage. Also known as injurious falsehood, it is known under four heads: slander of title (in the sense of legal ownership); slander of property (in the sense of physical land or buildings); slander of goods (moveables); and slander of business.
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Tony Kennedy had his claim for pounds 5,000 damages for malicious falsehood against Coun Martin Mullaney thrown out after a three-day hearing in the city's Small Claims Court.
The solicitor in turn, on learning of the complaint, sues his clients for libel and malicious falsehood, and wins - thanks to a High Court jury which decides the letter was defamatory and the client had written it out of malice.
may 'amount to vulgar abuse' but did not constitute malicious falsehood as alleged by BA.
Normally, payments on accusations of malicious falsehood involving officers above the rank of superintendent start at pounds 25,000.
Neeson, nominated for an Academy Award for his role in ``Schindler's List,'' and Richardson, who won a Tony Award this year for ``Cabaret,'' had sued the publishers of the Mirror tabloid for libel and malicious falsehood after publication of the story last month.
The greatest demand we have seen this year has been in supply chain disputes; termination or re-negotiation of onerous and unprofitable contracts; defamation and malicious falsehood claims as rival businesses try to secure any kind of competitive advantage they can; breach of confidence claims against departing employees taking prized customer lists with them; and clearly there have been retail banking issues, which have led to a rise in banking litigation.
Not in some trumped-up court of public opinion, or through a trial by innuendo, or subjected to unproven malicious falsehood.
They are nowbringing further proceedings against Payzone for damages relating to breach of contract and for malicious falsehood.
The accusation was levelled at burly rugby player Tony Kennedy who is seeking pounds 5,000 damages for malicious falsehood against his long time foe, Coun Martin Mullaney, a Liberal Democrat who is vice chairman of the city's planning committee.
They were designed to protect the innocent from malicious falsehood.
The player's legal team will meet today to discuss bringing a civil action against him for creating a malicious falsehood.