Defamation, Libel and Slander

Not all torts result in bodily harm. Some cause harm to a person's reputation instead. Defamation is the general tort that encompasses statements that damage one's reputation. There are different forms of defamation, including libel and slander. The difference between libel and slander is simply whether the statements are written (libel) or spoken (slander). If a person suffers injury to his or her reputation as a result of another person's statements, he or she can sue under the theory of defamation. FindLaw's Defamation, Libel and Slander section provides resources explaining how defamation suits work. You can also find articles explaining the elements of libel and slander, defenses to a defamation claim, and the statute of limitations for a defamation suit.

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