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False Accusations—Defamation of Character by Libel or Slander

When one person makes false accusations against or statements about another and "publishes" those statements (by transmitting them to a third party by written word or word of mouth), and those statements damage the reputation, character or integrity of that person, the target of the statements may recover damages from the person who uttered the false statements. Such statements are called defamation of character.

There are two types of defamation:

  • Libel: Libel is a defamation that is written, such as in a newspaper, magazine or on the internet.
  • Slander: Slander is a defamation that is orally published, such as in a speech, over the airwaves, or in casual conversation.

What are the elements of a defamation case?


If someone published horrible things about me that are true, but nobody else knew them, and my reputation was damaged, can I still sue for defamation?


I did an interview with a local reporter and I mistakenly admitted to something that was false. The statement has been published and my reputation has been damaged. Can I sue for defamation?


I am a celebrity, and I want to stop tabloids from printing scurrilous rumors and false accusations about me that harm my reputation with my fans. Can I sue for libel?


I am a private person who is involved in a matter of public interest, and terrible and false things have been said about me. Can I sue for defamation?


If someone expresses an opinion, can he be sued for defamation?


My former employer said terrible and false accusations about me to another employer with whom I was interviewing for a job. Can I sue my former employer for defamation?


I am the victim of defamation:

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