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Can a person suing you for slander or defamation win a case if he then goes around slandering the person back?

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Can a person suing you for slander or defamation win a case if he then goes around slandering the person back?

Postby voliny13 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:42 am

Yes, but the person could countersue and end up with an award of exactly the same size, in theory.
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Can a person suing you for slander or defamation win a case if he then goes around slandering the person back?

Postby kyledyr » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:56 am

Can a person getting charged with murder or manslaughter and be thrown in jail if the prosecuting attorney killed someone else? Yes, but the prosecuting attorney would be charged with the same thing.
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Can a person suing you for slander or defamation win a case if he then goes around slandering the person back?

Postby freedom97 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Anyone trying to sue for slander or defamation has to prove very important and difficult things: that there was "actual malice" in the making of statements that the speaker KNEW was false and that those statements caused actual monetary damages. It's incredibly hard to prove all of those things. It's always better just to fight speech with more speech and let the truth win in the marketplace of ideas.
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