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Defamation, Libel and Slander

Not all torts result in bodily harm. Some cause harm to one’s reputation instead. The tort of “defamation” encompasses any statement that damages one’s reputation. There are, however, several different forms of defamation. Libel, for example, is defamation that is written or published. Slander, on the other hand, is defamation that is orally conveyed. In many cases, a person whose reputation has been injured by a defamatory statement may sue the person who made the statement. This section includes resources explaining how defamation suits work. You’ll find articles on the elements of libel and slander, defenses to a defamation claim, and the statute of limitations for a defamation suit.
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