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My wife is a Professional groomer. During a grooming, ...

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My wife is a Professional groomer. During a grooming, a small dog had an eye pop out of it''s socket. always a risk in small large eyed dogs. Vet medcal attention was given promptly and the occurance was relayed to the owner. When the dog was examined by another local vet, he said this was a case of Obvious animal abuse. The owner is now spreading this info around my community. Do I have a slander/libel case?

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I think so.

You could sue for defamation and get an injunction preventing the same conduct in the future based on the following law of defamation:

1. The slander (oral defamation) or libel (written defamation) must be false. NOTE THAT IF YOU BRING A LAWSUIT...TRUTH OF THE STATEMENTS IS A DEFENSE THAT CAN BE USED BY THE DEFENDANT. 2. The false statements must cause you PROVABLE MONETARY DAMAGES...not hurt feelings but actual monetary damages that a jury can award you money for. For instance, you must prove that as a result of statements made, you were fired from a job, or were prevented from getting a job, lost a business deal. etc.

Slander or libel suits do NOT, however, require proof of these 'special' damages if the statements are defamatory ON THEIR FACE, that is, they FALSELY allege that a person:

1. Committed a crime.

2. Has a loathesome disease.

3. Is guilty of sexual misconduct. or

4. Is incompetent in business.

You will have to hire an attorney to bring a defamation of character lawsuit as a practical matter.


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