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    Elements of Defamation and Libel vs. Slander

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    What elements constitute a cause of action for defamation? Describe the elements of defamation and examine libel versus slander.

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    Generally speaking, defamation is the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm. Written defamation is libel. Spoken defamation is considered slander. Typically, the elements for a cause of action for slander are: a false statement concerning another, telling the statement to a third party, and damage to the plaintiff. ...

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    This solution defines defamation and explains the differences between libel and slander. It also identifies the most important defense to an action of defamation and the elements of defamation.