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California Forms of Pleading and Practice--Annotated
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

30-340 California Forms of Pleading and Practice--Annotated 340.syn


Libel and Slander


Expert Practitioners, Judges, and the Matthew Bender Editorial Staff

Chapter Summary


This chapter discusses the right of a person to protect one's personal reputation from defamatory statements. The chapter covers libel and slander complaints, inaccurate quotations, opinions, pleading requirements, constitutional limits on recovery, damages, campaign libel, and the Uniform Single Publication Act. The chapter also contains procedural considerations such as who can and cannot sue, the necessity of filing, the statute of limitations, choice of law, and prior restraint.

In addition, the chapter discusses the various defenses that may be asserted against a complaint for libel or slander. It provides details regarding absolute privilege for various types of proceedings, the right of fair comment, consent, immunity, due care by radio and television broadcasters, constitutional defenses, failure to plead special damages, and mitigation.

Finally, the chapter discusses and provides forms for use in slander of title and trade libel actions. It explains the requirement of publication, malice, falsity, privilege, damages, venue, liability of the principal, defenses, and the statute of limitations. The chapter further provides procedural checklists and a research guide.

California Forms of Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender)provides detailed analysis of the law, plus timesaving forms, checklists, and research guides. It covers all aspects of procedure in civil actions and proceedings, from pleadings to appeal, including arbitration and mediation; complaints, answers, and demurrers; and discovery. It offers encyclopedic coverage of all civil practice areas, including business and commercial law; civil rights; real estate; and torts. It also covers attorney practice and ethics and features regular updates on all relevant California and federal legislation, administrative regulations and procedures, judicial decisions, and California Rules of Court.


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For a complaint by an unincorporated association against a corporate publisher for libel, see Chapter 61, Associations and Clubs.

For allegations of damages for use in defamations actions, see Chapter 177, Damages.

For a complaint for slander against a radio station for impugning the ethics of an attorney, see Chapter 484, Radio and Television.


For further discussion of libel and slander, see:
  • California Points & Authorities (Matthew Bender), Chapter 142, Libel and Slander (Defamation).
  • Bender's Forms of Discovery Interrogatories (Matthew Bender), Chapter 63, Defamation, Libel and Slander.
  • California Torts (Matthew Bender), Chapter 45, Defamation.
  • Personal Injury: Actions, Defenses, Damages (Matthew Bender), Chapter 46, Defamation (Libel & Slander).
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