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Per Se

[Latin, In itself.] Simply as such; in its own nature without reference to its relation.

In the law of Defamation, slander per se refers to certain language that is actionable as slander in and of itself without proof of special damages, such as the situation in which a person is falsely accused of having committed a crime. Defamation per se is in contradistinction to defamation per quod, which requires proof of special damages.


Libel and Slander.

per se

(purr say) adj. Latin for "by itself," meaning inherently. Thus, a published writing which falsely accuses another of having a venereal disease or being a convicted felon is "libel per se," without further explanation of the meaning of the statement. (See: libel per se)

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The special rule provides that an entity historically treated as a partnership may retain that status, even though it is included in the per se list of corporations.
It is unclear what happens to entities on the per se list that are formed after May 8, 1996 -- when the regulations were proposed -- and before the regulations become final.
My second comment relates to Per Se entities revised, after May 8 and before the date the regulations are final.