What Are The Elements Of A Defamation Claim?
The party making a defamation claim (plaintiff) must ordinarily prove four elements:
1. a publication to one other than the person defamed;
2. a false statement of fact;
3. that is understood as
A. being of and concerning the plaintiff; and
B. tending to harm the reputation of plaintiff.
4. If the plaintiff is a public figure, he or she must also prove actual malice.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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