Legal Memorandum: Elements of a Defamation Claim in VI

Issue: Under the laws of the Virgin Islands, what are the elements of a defamation claim?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure, Personal Injury & Negligence
Keywords: Defamation claim; Elements
Jurisdiction: Federal, Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: Restatement (Second) of Torts § 558
Date: 01/01/2009

The four elements of a defamation claim are:

(1)   a false and defamatory statement concerning another;

(2)   an unprivileged publication to a third party;

(3)   fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher; and

(4)   either the actionability of the statement irrespective of “special harm” or the existence of “special harm” caused by the publication.

VECC, Inc. v. Bank of N.S., 296 F. Supp. 2d 617 (D.V.I. 2003); Restatement (Second) of Torts § 558.


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