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DEFAMATION ACT 2005 - SECT 9
Certain corporations do not have cause of action for defamation
9 Certain corporations do not have cause of action for defamation
(1) A corporation has no cause of action for defamation in relation to the
publication of defamatory matter about the corporation unless it was an
excluded corporation at the time of the publication.
(2) A corporation is an
excluded corporation if--
(a) the objects for which it is formed do not
include obtaining financial gain for its members or corporators, or
has fewer than 10 employees and is not an associated entity of another
corporation, and the corporation is not a public body.
(3) In counting
employees for the purposes of subsection (2) (b), part-time employees are to
be taken into account as an appropriate fraction of a full-time equivalent.
(5) Subsection (1) does not affect any cause of action for defamation that an
individual associated with a corporation has in relation to the publication of
defamatory matter about the individual even if the publication of the same
matter also defames the corporation.
(6) In this section--
"corporation" includes any body corporate or corporation constituted by or
under a law of any country (including by exercise of a prerogative right),
whether or not a public body.
"employee" , in relation to a corporation, includes any individual (whether or
not an independent contractor) who is--
(a) engaged in the day to day
operations of the corporation other than as a volunteer, and
(b) subject to
the control and direction of the corporation.
"public body" means a local government body or other governmental or public
authority constituted by or under a law of any country.
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