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Defamation isn't a criminal
offense, so a person can't be arrested for it. However, you can sue a person for defamation of character. Defamation occurs when a party makes a false statement or statements to a third party either negligently or intentionally and it results in damages to you. Defamation can be spoken (slander) or written (libel). The amount of money you might recover depends on the extent of your damages. For example, if you lose your job over statements that are made, you could have a claim for lost wages, plus costs and attorney fees. Defamation cases are very difficult to win, however, and often times the recovery is low. It's not unusual for the cost of the case to outweigh the amount a person might recover.
The statute of limitations to bring a claim is two years from when the statement was made.PLEASE HONOR THE HONOR CODE
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