Trade Libel Legal Definition:

Defamatory statements made in regards to the quality of a business' product(s) or services.

American Jurisprudence (2d) defines trade libel as:

"... an intentional disparagement of the quality of property resulting in pecuniary damages.

"It requires that the defendant published a false statement that induced others not to deal with the plaintiff, knowing it was false or acting with reckless disregard of its falsity, and caused the plaintiff monetary damages."

In Proctor & Gamble, Judge Spatt of the United States District Court added:

"The tort of trade libel is the disparagement of a business' goods or services. It does not protect the reputation of the business."

French: diffamation commerciale.

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