Defamation requires a false statement of fact. On the other hand, statements of opinion are not actionable. Additionally, where the person allegedly defamed is a public figure (potentially a very broad standard, depending on the circumstances), he must prove the statement was made maliciously. Finally, the plaintiff must somehow prove he was damaged, and (pragmatically) it must be bad enough to merit a sizable enough judgment to cover all of the costs and attorney fees.
Ryan T. Darby practices landlord-tenant law and civil litigation. This response is intended for informational purposes only and doesn't create an attorney-client relationship. (In other words, Ryan doesn't become your lawyer just by responding to your questions.)
Know that defamation lawyers typically want $5,000.00 up front just to begin, so unless you've sustained a significant monetary loss, it would likely cost you thousands more than you recover, but it's your nickel, call a local defamation lawyer
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