Defamation Defense: Judicial Proceedings

Continuing in our series on defamation defenses, today we’re going to cover the defense of statements made in a judicial proceeding, also known as the litigation privilege. A publication made in a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding is absolutely privileged.  Civil Code § 47(b). This means that  you cannot prevail in a libel or slander case […]

Defamation Defense: Discharge Of Official Duty

An absolute privilege exists for statements made "[i]n the proper discharge of an official duty" under California Civil Code section 47(a). An absolute privilege is defined as a "privilege that immunizes an actor from suit, no matter how wrongful the action may be, and even though it is done with an improper motive."  Black’s Law […]