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What is Defamation?

Libel and slander are types of defamation. The term defamation means a false statement made by one person about someone else. To qualify as defamation, the false statement must be hurtful and cause harm to the other party.

To prove defamation, a person must show all of the following:
  • The statement about him or her was false;
  • The statement injured him or her in some manner;
  • The statement was communicated to a third person by the defendant; and
  • The statement was not privileged (confidential). An example of a privileged statement is testimony given by a witness during a trial.

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