single publication rule
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The attorney clarified that the single publication rule applies, reducing multiple potential claims for libel into one, despite the wide circulation of the newspaper.