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Is the posting of excerpts from a court documents on a public forum legal, if one also posts the court and case number.

Vancouver, WA |

Specifically, can the party involved in the court case sue the poster for defamation, claiming that the poster made the words of the document his own.

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  1. Truth is a complete defense to actions for defamation, such as libel. Additionally, most court records are publicly available documents. So long as the poster did not modify any of the information, a suit for defamation against the poster would not likely be successful.

  2. Yes, one can post excepts from a court document as long as that document is not sealed. There would be no defamation in this case.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice, as not all the facts are known. You should retain an attorney to review all the facts specific to your case in order to receive advise specific to your case. The statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship. Answers on Avvo can only be general ones, as specific answers would require knowledge of all the facts. As such, they may or may not apply to the question.

  3. Truth is a complete defense for defamation.

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