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Invasion of Privacy–False Light

The law provides everyone with some basic rights to privacy. Privacy is the general right to be left alone and free from unwanted publicity. Unreasonable invasion of one’s privacy causes harm.

Examples of Non-Defamatory Opinion

Defamation lawsuits are not easy to win because the plaintiff must both prove the difficult elements of his or her case and avoid the many defenses to defamation. This article discusses two examples of one of the standard defenses to defamation: opinion.

Action by a Spouse for a Tort against the Other Spouse

When one spouse is injured as a result of a defendant’s negligent or tortious conduct, the other spouse is entitled to file an action against the defendant for his or her damages as a result of the defendant’s conduct. The spouse who is injured is referred to as the impaired spouse.

Trade Libel

If a defendant publishes false statements that injure or disparage a plaintiff’s business, he may be liable for trade libel. Trade libel is different from libel because trade libel only applies to a plaintiff’s property, whereas libel applies to a plaintiff’s reputation.

Causing a Spouse to Separate from or to Refuse to Return to Another Spouse

Under the common law, there existed a tort for causing a spouse to separate from or to refuse to return to another spouse. Although most states have enacted statutes that have abolished the tort, there are a few states in which a spouse may bring an action against a third party for the tort.