single publication rule

Definition of "single publication rule"
  1. A doctrine in defamation law specifying that an edition of a printed work, such as a magazine, is considered one publication. This implies that it leads to a single legal claim for libel, irrespective of the number of copies or the extent of distribution
How to use "single publication rule" in a sentence
  1. Under the single publication rule, the defendant will face only one libel suit, despite the fact that multiple copies of the defamatory magazine were distributed.
  2. The single publication rule simplifies defamation proceedings by allowing only one cause of action, even if the print medium was spread across different geographical locations.
  3. The attorney clarified that the single publication rule applies, reducing multiple potential claims for libel into one, despite the wide circulation of the newspaper.

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