A form of publication which tends to cause one to lose the esteem of the community is defamation. This is injury to reputation. A person is liable for the defamation of another. In order to prove defamation, the plaintiff must prove: • that a statement was made about the plaintiff’s reputation, honesty or integrity that is not true; • publication to a third party (i.e., another person hears or reads the statement; and • the plaintiff suffers damages as a result of the statement. Slander is a form of defamation that consists of making false oral statements about a person which would damage that person's reputation. Defamation which occurs by written statements is known as libel. Libel also may result from a picture or visual representation. Truth is an absolute defense to slander or libel. If a communication is made in good faith on a subject in which the party communicating it has a legitimate right or interest in communicating it, this communication may be exempt from slander liability due to a qualified privileged.
Cease and Desist Letter for Defamation of Character (Your Name) (Your Address) (Your City, State, Zip Code) (date) (Name of Person Making Defaming Statements) (Street Address or Post Office Box Number) (City, State, Zip Code) Dear Sir: It has come to my attention that you have been making statements about me that are both false and misleading. These statements constitute slander (or libel if in writing) since they defame my reputation. I demand that you immediately cease and desist making these false a
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