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It is possible for a text message to be defamatory.
To establish a prima facie case of defamation, four elements are generally required:1. a false statement purporting to be fact concerning another person or entity;2. publication or communication of that statement to a third person;3. fault on the part of the person making the statement amounting to intent or at least negligence; and,4. some harm caused to the person or entity who is the subject of the statement.
The harm would need to be measured in financial loss.
The award would depend on the proven damages.
Awards can range from one penny to millions.
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