Don’t I have a right to express my opinion without fear of being sued for libel or slander?

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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Yes, so long as your statement of opinion is just an opinion, and does not contain specific assertions of fact that can be proved untrue. For example, “I didn’t like Star Restaurant. The wait staff is slow and the food is too spicy,” is a statement of opinion. “Whatever you do, don’t go to Star Restaurant. I had a hamburger there that was tainted with e.coli and had to be hospitalized for a week,” is potentially a defamatory statement if, in fact, the restaurant can prove that you never contracted e.coli and never spent any time in the hospital after eating there.

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