public figure

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public figure

n.
1. A famous person whose life and behavior are the focus of intense public interest and scrutiny.
2. Law A person who is determined to be sufficiently well-known or famous as to prevail in a lawsuit for libel or slander only when the defendant is shown to have acted with malice.
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Noun1.public figure - a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
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333) In a Minnesota libel case, a court ruled that a community blogger was a limited public figure who committed defamation, after intentionally interfering with a former community leader's employment contract through his blog and the associated comments.
Three of the defendants-Leykis, Westwood One and Alaska Broadcast Communications--"filed summary judgment motions on all of Carpenter's claims on the grounds that Leykis's comments were protected by the First Amendment and that Carpenter was a limited public figure on the issue of obscenity in mass media.
On one hand, the judge found Mzamane to be a limited public figure largely on the basis of her involvement with Winfrey, which means a much higher burden for proving a defamation claim.
The federal district court in Franzon's underlying action held that he was a limited public figure who must prove recklessness as to the truth of the statements made, but not knowledge of their falsity.

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