Trade Libel

Attorneys Specializing in Business Disputes

Trade libel is defined as the intentional disparagement of the quality of product or service of the plaintiff’s business that results in pecuniary damages to the plaintiff. A two year statute of limitations (SOL) applies where the statement is made regarding a property such as a business and a three year SOL applies in cases involving title to a property.

In order to prevail in a trade libel case, a plaintiff must prove that:

  1. Defendant made disparaging statement of fact, not an opinion, regarding plaintiff’s business to third party.
  2. Defendant’s statement was false.
  3. Defendant intentionally made the false statement or with reckless disregard of the truth.
  4. As a result of the intentional and false disparaging statement regarding plaintiff’s business, plaintiff suffered loss of business.

Handling Business Disputes Involving Trade Libel Throughout Southern California

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