Generally speaking defamation is a false statement about another person which causes that person to suffer harm to their good name and reputation.
Typically, the elements of a case for defamation include:
- A false and untrue defamatory statement concerning another.
- The unprivileged publication of the statement to a third party (that is, anyone other than the person defamed by the statement).
- If the defamatory matter is of public concern, fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher.
- Damage to the defamed party.
Some examples of defamation;
- Attacks on a person’s professional character or standing
- Allegations that a person is infected with a sexually transmitted disease
- Allegations that the person has committed a crime of moral turpitude
If you believe any of the above applies to you, you may have a strong case.
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