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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Albert Pujols and Defamation Law

Albert Pujols and Defamation Law    August 23, 2013


Eric Weiss

The legal issues that we will discuss here are whether Pujols should sue (Jack Clark) for libel, and the likelihood of success of such a lawsuit. Legal claims for libel (written statements) and slander (spoken statements) are commonly called defamation actions...

Truth is an absolute defense to a defamation lawsuit. Pujols would therefore have to prove that he never used PED's during his career. It is not easy to prove a negative...

additional legal hurdle ... for a public figure ...  "actual malice" ... with reckless disregard for the truth ... extremely difficult for someone like Albert Pujols to win such a lawsuit

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