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    What is defamation?
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    Defamation is communication about a person that tends to hurt that person’s reputation. To have a successful defamation claim, there must be a statement made about an identifiable person to a third party that is false and damaging to that person’s reputation. Intention does not matter for defamation – it does not matter whether the person making the statement intended the statement to be defamatory or not.

    Whether a statement is damaging to someone’s reputation depends on whether the statement  would lower the opinion of the person in the minds of others or cause a person to be shunned or avoided. Finally, you must be able to demonstrate that you have suffered damages as a result of the statement. One example of potential damages that may result from defamation is a loss of potential business.

    Defamation is divided into libel and slander. Libel is the type of defamation that has been published whereas slander is defamation that has no written record. Usually slander is a spoken statement, but it can include a hand gesture or something similar.

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