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Libel is written defamation while slander is spoken. With respect to defamation lawsuits, most lawyer will want at least a $5,000 retainer fee just to start, and without a monetary loss, you could end up spending thousands more than you recover.
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In addition to a need for damages, if what is said is in the nature of an opinion, no suit.
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For a detailed answer, you may wish to go to my profile page and review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com, one of which deals with defamation issues.
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