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Questions about Slander Laws

What is slander?

The definition of slander states that slander is a spoken or transit form of ‘defamation of character’. Slander is a rumor or something stated that is not true and that can harm the reputation of another person or business. Slander can also include body language as well sign language. Slander is considered a tort or civil law, which means that a civil lawsuit can be filed against another person who is accused of slander. In the United States specific facts must be shown in order for someone to actually be found guilty of slander.

What are the slander laws?

Slander is pretty much anything that is spoken about another person in which the statements are not true. In order to win a slander claim, the plaintiff must prove that:
  1. 1. The defendant has made a statement against them
  2. 2. The statement was in fact not true; and,
  3. 3. The statement in some way has harmed the plaintiff.

What are the slander statute of limitations?

The statute of limitations for slander can vary depending on the situation and the state in which the slander occurred. For some states such as Florida, the statute of limitations for slander is two years. In the states like Arkansas, California and Colorado the statute of limitations for slander is one year.

If someone is a victim of slander what steps need to be taken in order for this action to stop?

Since slander relates to false statements that are spoken, it is important to document all the slanderous remarks that are made. The individual will need to keep a log of everything that was said, the time and the place, so that way there is in depth evidence. It will also be best if the individual has some witness that can help back up this evidence.

Once all the evidence is documented, the next step would be to send a “cease and desist” letter to the individual who is making the slanderous remarks. The notice should state that if they don’t stop these actions, then they would face legal consequences that could include a law suit for slander. The letter needs to go through certified mail, with a return receipt. That way they have proof that the letter was sent out and received.

The individual will need to make sure that have not only have the original copy, but also another copy that can be presented to their lawyer and even the judge. Still, these comments do not stop, then the individual’s lawyer can send a legal letter or a case can be started in order to sue the individual for slander.

How does someone draft a petition to file a slander complaint against a private party?

There is no set template to draft a petition. This is because a petition is too difficult and many individuals would need to have a form. There is a regular format, but it is recommended that the individual have either an attorney or lawyer file the petition for them. Each petition that is filed for slander will need to include on cause of action and each action have a degree. In order to win the action, the individual will need to prove the slander by presenting evidence.

When an individual is dealing with another person speaking of things that are not true about them, this is classified as slander. These remarks can harm a person’s reputation. Many questions can arise when dealing with individual cases of slander, such as: Can I sue for slander? What can happen if I am accused of slander? These and other slander related questions can be answered by Experts.
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