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What is the difference between gossip and slander?

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What is the difference between gossip and slander?

Postby calvert » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:32 pm

If someone blames you for something you had absolutely nothing to do with then sends a damaging e-mail to another person falsely accusing you of something else as revenge to damage your marriage can you sue that person? What if they have no assets?
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What is the difference between gossip and slander?

Postby barnett » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:33 pm

Gossip's idle, slander's malicious. Also, while that email isn't slander, you can definitely sue the sender for defamation, and probably for libel.
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Postby slaine » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:35 pm

You can always sue anyone for anything. The question is whether or not you'll have a chance of winning. Of course, if they have no assets then there's little to no point to sue them because they won't be able to pay; though they might end up having to spend some time in jail for not paying their debts.

Again, the important thing is whether or not you'll win. The deciding factor is usually proof. Your case will be strongest if you can prove that you didn't do it, prove that they said you did, and prove that they knew you didn't do it when they claimed you did. Failing that, you still might be able to win, but your case becomes much shakier.

For further notice, the difference between gossip and slander is that slander is provably false, whereas gossip might or might not be false.
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Postby wethrby » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:42 pm

yes you could sue them ..slander, defamation...its about moral damage and emails could be used
as evidence against them...just see a lawyer to settle down with the assets problem...something can
work out with your situation..i mean to both of you
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