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No Harm, No Foul

Defamatory StatementsThe point of defamation law is to compensate a victim for unwarranted damages to his or her reputation. Therefore, if a defamatory statement does not cause any harm to the plaintiff, no viable defamation claim exists.

In some cases, a plaintiff may believe he or she has been injured by a false claim, and the plaintiff may even be correct. However, the damage must be to his or her reputation. Defamation law does not compensate a victim for emotional distress or hurt feelings; other branches of…

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  • Defamation
  • Apr 26, 2017

Are You Talkin’ To Me?

What constitues a defamatory statement?A statement can be defamatory in all respects, but it must be about the plaintiff for a defamation suit to be successful. If the statement is not “of and concerning” (lawyer-speak for “about”) the plaintiff, the suit will not succeed.

Whether a statement is “of and concerning” the plaintiff is often subjective, which leaves a huge amount of grey area for courts and juries to navigate. However, there are a few standout cases that illuminate key issues to help juries…

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  • Defamation
  • Apr 19, 2017

Is Fame Fun?

Holly Tarbell, Pepperdine studentPeople’s infatuation with fame surprises me. Growing up in Southern California I have been surrounded by the entertainment industry my entire life. I have worked in it, have friends in it and plan on making a career in it. however as much as I appreciate the industry, I can never seem to wrap my head around one thing. Why is everyone obsessed with being famous? While being famous does come with perks it also has a great deal of negative consequences.


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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Apr 12, 2017

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