Worse? What could be worse? Well, losing your medical insurance and ending up in the hospital, for one. In the years since this web site first put up a "Quick Tips" page on libel and slander, we've gotten thousands of emails from people asking for legal advice.
The stories are pretty horrible, and they don't just happen to the unlucky. We've heard from corporate executives who
have been reduced to convenience store checking, young women in high school being slandered online by boys they refused,
people denied promotions because someone else was after the same job, people in small towns who finally left town driven out by neighbors, ruined businesses and professional reputations, and still the one that bothers us most
people whose finances have been so battered they can't afford medical insurance anymore.
It's easy to laugh off slander at first. "No one will believe that," we think. "Only idiots would
believe that," we tell ourselves. In fact, that's what we here at the web site did think, until we
started reading the emails. Then we realized that a lot of slanderers keep at it, year after year; you become a
hobby to them. Twenty years ago they would spread rumors that you were an embezzler; nowadays they spread rumors
that you're a racist or a child molester. No one is exempt we even hear from victims in schools and churches.
For a long time we recommended Bruce Sanford's Synopsis of Libel and Privacy. A very good book, if hard to find.
But in the end we faced up to the fact that it's for newspaper reporters, not the average person. Thanks to reader feedback,
we asked the author of Dancing With Lawyers to write Fighting Slander, a plain-English guide to
defending yourself against defamation. Unlike the expensive lawyers' manuals that are about rich publishers' worries,
this guide deals with the defamation ordinary people and businesses face: slander in the workplace, from former bosses,
ex-spouses, competitors, and other situations found in daily life including Internet libel, and defamation by
More and more people are falling victim to slander and libel as we move into the information age.
Most opt for one of two solutions: 1) Do nothing and suffer. 2) Write a $10,000 retainer check to their lawyer.
The first strategy always fails, and all too often the second strategy does no better, because only $500/hour media lawyers know libel well, and almost no lawyers know anything about slander.
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The guide is applicable in all 50 states. Because most slander and libel law is a result of Federal appeals court decisions,
or the U.S. Supreme Court, it applies across the country.
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Table of contents below.)
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Fighting Slander Table of Contents
Fourth Edition, updated and expanded 2012.
- How To Use This Guide
- The Law In Brief
- Definitions of Defamation of Character, Slander, and Libel
- Defamation By the Press, and Defamation By Individuals
- Elements of Defamation of Character, Slander and Libel
- Identifiable Victim
- Emotional Distress
- Good Defenses
- Public Figure
- The Comments Were Invited by the Plaintiff
- He's Dead!
- Words Spoken In the Heat of Anger
- Worthless Defenses
- "I only told one person!"
- "I was just repeating it."
- "I didn't give his/her name."
- "It was just a practical joke."
- The Right to Privacy
- What Is a Public Figure, Anyway?
- Statutes of Limitations usually 1-2 years; act promptly!
- Sizing Up Your Legal Situation
- People Who Just Don’t Get It
- The Middle Ground
- Major-League Kooks
- Special Situations
- Workplace Defamation
- Lawsuits and Criminal Charges
- Internet Libel covers email, IM, forums, social media, and web sites
- Libel By the Mainstream Press
- Small Town Slander
- Privilege ("absolute" or "qualified")
- Courtroom Slander by Witnesses
- Taking the Right Attitude
- Before You Call a Lawyer
- Getting the Facts
- Private Investigators
- Doing It Yourself
- Keeping A Log
- Nailing Down Your Legal Situation
- Learning Your State’s Laws
- Researching Defamation Laws Yourself
- A Warning About Precedents
- How To Research Jury Verdicts Without Spending a Fortune
- Do It Yourself In a Legal Library
- Telephone Lawyers
- Jury Verdict Research
- Actually Hiring a Lawyer
- Finding a Slander Lawyer
- Start With the Cheapest Solutions
- Cease and Desist letters example, plus how to write and send them
- Things You Should NOT Do
- Backlash and Common Sense
- Last Resorts
- Jury Verdict Research Using The Internet
- Jury Verdict Companies
- Other Information About Research Jury Verdicts on the Internet
- Using Search Engines to Find Jury Verdicts
- Jury Verdict Data from St. Louis, Missouri, and surrounding counties
- Analysis of Jury Verdicts - Which Cases Win Damages, and Which Don't
- Previous Employer Research Companies
- Hot Button Words ("innocent" words that courts have found to be defamatory)
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