Defamation Defense: Other Proceedings

It used to be that statements made before private bodies were not absolutely privileged under Civil Code section 47(b).  This meant that statements made at a judicial commission at a private medical society were not absolutely privileged, for example. Noting a gap in the law, the California legislature made it such that statements made "in […]

What Are The Defenses To A Claim For Defamation?

Many of you have been asking me for a list of the major defenses to a claim for defamation.  Well, without further ado, here they are: Truth. Discharge Of Official Duty. Judicial Proceedings. Legislative Proceedings. Other Official Proceedings. Proceedings Reviewable By Mandamus. Report Of Official Proceeding Or Complaint. Report Of Public Meeting. Consent. Common Interest. […]