Texas High Court Clarifies Profession Defamation Limits

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that a doctor alleging he was defamed by another doctor who accused him of unprofessionalism and lying was not subjected to defamation per se because the statements had no bearing on his skills or competence as a physician.

The high court clarified a long-standing distinction between defamation and defamation per se in the context of statements that relate to one's profession, holding in a dispute between two doctors that dates back to 2006 that a defamatory statement is one that...
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