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You can sue this individual for slander, libel, and defamation of character. Slander is false spoken statements, while libel is false written statements. In order to recover damages in any lawsuit for slander, libel, and defamation of character, you as the Plaintiff must prove all four (4) elements. 1. First, the Plaintiff must prove that the defendant made a false anddefamatory statement concerning the plaintiff.
2. Second, the Plaintiff must prove that the defendant made an unprivileged publication (Means Communication) to a third party.
3. Third, the Plaintiff must prove that the publisher acted at least negligently inpublishing the communication.
4. Finally, the Plaintiff must prove special damages. Damages are typically to thereputation of the plaintiff,By "publication" is meant that the false statement(s) are conveyed to a third party.
Examples of slanderous, libelous, and defamatory statements:
A communication that imputes a serious crime involving moral turpitude or afelonyA communication that exposes a plaintiff to hatred
A communication that reflects negatively on the plaintiff's character,morality, or integrity
A communication that impairs the plaintiff's financial well-being
A communication that suggests that the plaintiff suffers from a physical ormental defect that would cause others to refrain from associating with theplaintiff
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