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Can a business post the names of people who did not pay

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Can a business post...

Can a business post the names of people who did not pay their bills on the wall of their business which is In the view of their customers.

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No it’s a local family owned business that likes to put a big sign that Is behind the counter with all the people that have not paid them in full.

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Is this considered defamation or slander Is this considered defamation or slander

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Defamation (which consists of "slander" when verbal and "libel" when in written form) is a claim that only arises when the statements being made are false. So, if it's true that a customer has not paid in full, a business owner does not commit defamation or any other violation of law by posting such information publicly. It's not a good way of doing business and doesn't show much class on the part of the business, but it would not be actionable on any legal theory.

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