Truth is an absolute defense to slander. If you have credible evidence to support your contention, you will likely be able to present a viable defense to the slander claim.
Please check the law of your state
Only a false statement of fact to a 3rd party is subject to a defamation suit. Truth is a complete defense to defamation.
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Truth is a defense to a defamation claim. You may find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com, one of which deals with defamation issues. You can access the Guide through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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Truth is an absolute defense to a slander claim. In Michigan, there are other forms of defamation claims. One of them is called intrusion on seclusion, which involves obtaining and distributing information under circumstances in which the information should not be made public. Another is called false light, and involves truthful information which is circulated in a manner that implies something other than the true situation. All of the various defamation claims are rather complex, and there are few cut and dried rules on what is and isn't defamation. I would advise caution on what information you circulate, because even if you are passing on information out of a good motive, you can become entangled in a defamation lawsuit which you never saw coming.
I agree with all brother counsel that truth is an absolute defense to a slander/defamation claim. In addition, if you frame your comments as an opinion, they are also protected. Keep in mind however that this simply means that you can defend a slander suit because it sounds as if one will be filed. Since slander is considered to be an intentional tort, most insurance companies shy aware from defending cases like that. So if you are sued you may be left on your own to hire an attorney and pay the legal fees associated with that defense even if ultimately you may prevail.
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