Defamation—also called calumny, vilification, or traducement—is the communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal action to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism.Under common law, to constitute defamation, a claim must generally be false and have been made to someone other than the person defamed. Some common law jurisdictions also distinguish between spoken defamation, called slander, and defamation in other media such as printed words or images, called libel.
Posts about Defamation
  • Employer Reference Letters: What Are You Afraid Of?

    … could include defamation or privacy violations. In response we say…could this be a tempest in a teapot? While we will concede that the above are potential risks of providing post-employment references, they are not only remote (we are unaware of any Canadian case involving a misrepresentation claim by a future employer against a former one…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 25 readers -
  • Four Steps to Not Get Sued for Posting Online Reviews

    … will not hesitate to litigate over your claim's truth. Moreover, if common sense alone is not enough to prove this point, then know that a review of the growing pile of cases making up this expanding arena for defamation law confirms that while Samsung, Best Buy, McDonalds, and other household names won't sue you for a bad review, your neighborhood watch repair…

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 28 readers -