ARTICLE: Liar! Liar? The Defamatory Impact of "Liar" in the Modern World

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HIGHLIGHT: Calling someone a liar is an age-old epithet. Depending on the context, calling someone a liar could be defamatory, causing harm to a reputation. But, more often than not, calling someone a liar may be simply an expression of opinion. In some settings, litigation surrounding the publication also implicates the First Amendment. In recent years, several courts have weighed in on this issue, some with conflicting outcomes. This Article examines whether accusations of dishonesty or lying in a modern media world has a defamatory impact.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal
Volume27
Issue number253
StatePublished - Feb 2017

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