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According to Florida case law as of the date of this article, libel is defined as the unprivileged written publication which is false and not privileged, which causes distrust, ridicule, and other harm, including:

“A civil action for libel will lie when there has been a false and unprivileged publication by letter, or otherwise, which exposes a person to distrust, hatred, contempt, ridicule or obloquy or which causes such person to be avoided, or which has a tendency to injure such person in his office, occupation, business or employment. If the publication is false and not privileged and such that its natural and proximate consequence necessarily causes injury to a person in his personal, social, official or business relations of life, wrong and injuries are presumed or implied and such publication is actionable per se.”

See: Cooper v. Miami Herald Publishing Co., 31 So.2d 382 (1947)

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