He kept it a secret, but things worsened in 1984 when Gen. William Westmoreland filed a $120 million libel suit against CBS.
American libel law does not require a reporter to be fair, balanced, or necessarily even accurate.
For a public figure (which Mann is), it is extremely difficult to win a libel suit against a publication.
Sommer sued for libel and won a settlement that ran north of $1 million.
The bill aims to protect the IDF from libel by Israel detractors.
A libel is still the expression in the ecclesiastical courts.
You will be called as a witness on your own side to prove the libel.
As regards the white woman also, the Floridians do not so assiduously libel the Negro as do the Georgians.
Now I call this a gross libel on the ship's company at large.
Compliments to eke out a libel are merely insults in masquerade.
c.1300, "formal written statement," especially, in civil law, "plaintiff's statement of charges" (mid-14c.); from Old French libelle (fem.) "small book; (legal) charge, claim; writ; written report" (13c.), from Latin libellus "a little book, pamphlet; petition, written accusation, complaint," diminutive of liber "book" (see library). Broader sense of "any published or written statement likely to harm a person's reputation" is first attested 1630s.
mid-15c., "make an initial statement setting out a plaintiff's case" (modern sense from 1560s), from libel (n.), q.v. for sense development. Related: Libeled; libelled; libeling; libelling.