From a legal standpoint, defamation is the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm. 1. Slander typically involves an oral (spoken) representation. 2. Libel involves the making of defamatory statements in a printed or fixed medium, such as the internet, a magazine or newspaper.
In order to win a defamation case, you must prove the following:
In the non-business setting, where is it not your actual business which has been defamed---but you personally, most cases involving defamation can be appropriately handled in your local small claims court. Filing your lawsuit is easy, and your case will typically be heard in 30 to 60 days. In CA you may even sue for up to $10,000.00---and you will not need an attorney to help you with your case.
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