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Diet Doctors and the Value of Reputation

The law of defamation is a very technical, complex area of law.  Even more complex is the motivation behind many defamation claims. Since the value of a reputation is hard to quantify, defamation claims can often be motivated more by injured feelings than by money.  Claims where it ends up being more about personalities than about the money raise some complex issues regarding the role of civil courts, which are really designed to allocate money, rather than to fix hurt feelings.  An example of this is a recently decided case of a defamation battle between two diet doctors.

Published in General Interest