actual malice
Real as distinguished from legal or technical malice. 30 Am J Rev ed Interf § 45. Hatred, ill will, or hostility entertained by one person toward another. 34 Am J1st Mal §§ 2, 3. Although the cases are not entirely in accord, it would appear that the better view is that wantonness may amount to actual malice. Crane v New York World Tel. Corp. 308 NY 470, 126 NE2d 753, 52 ALR2d 1169. Compare 34 Am J1st Mal § 3.

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