What Are Defamation, Slander and Libel?

defamatory statementDefamation is a false statement, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s or business’ reputation.  Slander is the speaking of defamatory words that tend to hurt another in his reputation, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood.  Libel is defined as written defamatory words that tend to hurt another’s reputation, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood. Thus, the difference between libel and slander is whether the words are written or spoken. Continue reading