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Complaint For Libel
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    (Name, Address Of Party or attorney)
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    State Bar No: ______
    (____) _____ - ________
    Attorney for _______ (Or "In Pro Per")

 

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

COUNTY OF ________

 

[PLAINTIFF(S) NAMES]
Plaintiffs,

 

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[DEFENDANT(S) NAMES]
Defendants
 
 
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CASE NO: _______
 
COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES
(Libel)

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Plaintiff complains and for causes of action alleges as follows:

1. Plaintiff is an individual and is now, and at all times
mentioned in this complaint was, a resident of __________ County, California. __________ [Make other allegations regarding plaintiff's status as necessary, for example:
Plaintiff has worked as a __________ (plaintiff's occupation) for __________ (specify period) and has resided in __________
(location) for __________ (specify period). Plaintiff has during all this time enjoyed a good reputation, both generallyand in __________ (his or her) occupation.]

2. Defendant __________ [name], is an individual and is
now, and at all time mentioned in this complaint was, a resident
of __________ County, California.

3. Defendant __________ [name of corporation], is now, and
at all times mentioned in this complaint was, a corporation
organized and existing under the laws of the State of
California, with its principal place of business in California
in __________ County, California.

3. The true names of defendants DOES 1 through 50,
inclusive, are unknown to plaintiff at this time. Plaintiff
sues those defendants by such fictitious names pursuant to
section 474 of the Code of Civil Procedure. Plaintiff is
informed and believes, and based on that information and belief
alleges, that each of the defendants designated as a DOE is
legally responsible for the events and happenings referred to in
this complaint, and unlawfully caused the injuries and damages
to plaintiff alleged in this complaint.

4. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and based on that
information and belief alleges, that at all times mentioned in
this complaint, defendants were the agents and employees of
their codefendants and in doing the things alleged in this
complaint were acting within the course and scope of such agency
and employment.

5. On or about __________ [date], defendants published
__________ [describe defamatory matter, for example: a letter
stating that plaintiff had been convicted of embezzlement].

6. The __________ [describe publication, for example:
letter] referred to plaintiff by name throughout, was made of
and concerning plaintiff, and was so understood by those who
read the __________ [describe publication, for example:
letter].

7. The entire statement __________ [specify statement] is
false as it pertains to plaintiff. __________ [If only parts of
the publication are defamatory, specifically set forth the false
portions.]

8. The __________ [describe publication, for example:
letter] is libelous on its face. It clearly exposes plaintiff
to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because __________
[state facts which show statement is libelous on its face, for
example: it charges plaintiff with having committed and been
convicted of the crime of embezzlement].

9. The __________ [describe publication, for example:
letter], was seen and read on or about __________ [date] by
__________ [list names of persons by whom publication was seen
and read; or describe location where publication was seen and
read if specific persons who read publication are not known].

10. As a proximate result of the above-described
publication, plaintiff has suffered loss of __________ [his or
her] reputation, shame, mortification, and injury to __________
[his or her] feelings, all to __________ [his or her] damage in
__________ [the total amount of $__ or, if the action is brought
in superior court, a total amount to be established by proof at
trial].

11. The above-described publication was not privileged
because it was published by defendants with __________ [specify
state of mind and facts supporting the allegation, for example:
malice, hatred and ill will toward plaintiff and the desire to
injure __________ (him or her), in that defendants had expressed
a desire to "get" plaintiff]. Because of defendants' malice in
publishing, plaintiff seeks punitive damages in __________ [the
total amount of $__ or, if the action is brought in superior
court, a total amount to be established by proof at trial].

WHEREFORE, plaintiff demands judgment against defendants,
and each of them, for:

1. Compensatory damages according to proof;

2. Punitive damages;

3. Interest as allowed by law;

4. Costs of suit; and

5. Such other and further relief as this court may deem
just and proper.

 

 DATED: _______________  __________________________________________
   (Signature)

 

VERIFICATION

I, ___, am a ___in the above-entitled action. I have read the foregoing ___and know the contents thereof. The same is true of my own knowledge, except as to those matters which are therein alleged on information and belief, and as to those matters, I believe it to be true.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this declaration was executed at Long Beach, California.

 

 

DATED: _________________ ___________________________________

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