The bottom line is that lawyers usually don't take slander cases on a contingency fee basis, and usually want an up-front fee of $5,000 or more. Without damages, the cost of the lawsuit will exceed the recovery.
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Slander is the spoken form of defamation and it occurs when a speaker communicates defamatory, false and unprivileged statements of facts to one or more third persons and the victim suffers harm to their reputation. Truth is a defense and opinions are not actionable. The speaker must at least be negligent in ascertaining the truth or falsity of the statements.
When the statements are not defamatory on their face, the plaintiff will need to prove special damages (i.e., they will need to show specifically how the defamation harmed them... did they lose a job, job opportunity, etc?). One type of statement that may be considered defamatory on it's face is the accusation of theft because it involves a crime of moral turpitude. When a statement is defamatory on its face, harm to the victim's reputation is presumed.
Still, as Mr. Lassen II pointed out, defamation cases can be expensive and there are numerous factors to be considered before an attorney would agree to handle a defamation case. You can discuss all of this with a defamation attorney in your area.
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