Synonymous with libel and slander.
it is an abusive attack on a person's character or good name or reputation.
Defamation includes calumny – the utterance of maliciously false statements with an intention to injure another person's reputation.
Published false and malicious information that tarnish a person's reputation.
Published information includes:
Tweets, memes, and other social media posts.
Spoken false and malicious information that tarnish a person's reputation.
Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
|The Effect of Defamation|
Defamation exposes a person to:
|How Defamation Suits are Resolved|
Defamation suits (torts) are resolved by:
|Defamation Trial Process|
Step 1: Identification: Can the plaintiff be identified in the defamatory information?
Step 2: Assertion of facts: Is the information defamatory?
Step 3: Falsity Is the information false?
Step 4: Fault: Public figures have to prove actual malice. Private citizens only have to prove negligence.
Step 5: Damages: Defendant may be order to pay: