Common Interest Privilege Law and Legal Definition

Common interest privilege refers to a privilege that protects defamatory statements when made in good faith to an individual with an interest in the statement. In order to avail the privilege, the statement must be made in good faith on a subject in which the party communicating has an interest, or in reference to which s/he has, or honestly believes s/he has a duty to a person having a corresponding interest or duty to a person who has such a corresponding interest. The privilege cannot be claimed for excessive publication and publication with malice.