What defenses may be available to someone who is sued for defamation?

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There are ordinarily 6 possible defenses available to a defendant who is sued for libel (published defamatory communication.) – 1. Truth. This is a complete defense, but may be difficult to prove. 2. Fair comment on a matter of public interest. This defense applies to “opinion” only, as compared to a statement of fact. The… Read more »

FAQ On Defamation

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What is defamation? Answer Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone’s reputation, and published “with fault,” meaning as a result of negligence or malice. State laws often define defamation in specific ways. Libel is a written defamation; slander is a spoken defamation. What are the elements of… Read more »