How to deal with false accusations made on you over internet?

If someone claims on a public website (its an on-line game forum) that their family is full of cops and they ran a background check on you without you knowing and you are a registered stalker with FBI, even though none of this is true, can we take any legal action against them?

Asked on August 17, 2012 under Personal Injury, North Carolina

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You could sue the person, who made the false statement, for defamation.  Defamation is a false statement made with knowledge of its falsity communicated to a third person who recognizes the defamatory content, and the statement is injurious to your reputation.

Slander is spoken defamation.   Libel is written defamation.

Each repetition of the defamatory statement is actionable in a lawsuit for defamation.  Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit for defamation) would include mental distress, loss of friends and associates, and if applicable, medical expense and physical illness.

 


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