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Defamation and Libel

Under Florida law, the elements of a defamation claim are:

The defendant published a false statement about the plaintiff to a third party and the falsity of the statement caused injury to the plaintiff.

A plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s fault in publishing the statement amounted to at least negligence. The elements of a defamation claim in Florida are similar to the elements discussed in the general Defamation Law section, with the following exceptions:

  • Defamation Per Se
  • Public and Private Figures
  • Criminal Libel
  • Actual Malice and Negligence

Florida’s statute of limitations for defamation is two (2) years.

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