What constitutes slander?

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What constitutes slander?

I’m a member of a country club. About a week ago I arrived at the golf course at which I am a current member in good standing. The staff was not there so we decided to get a cart and let the pro shop know once they arrived (in the past I have been asked to put carts up after hours). We notified the pro shop once they arrived. They said no big deal. A board member has been going around saying I committed a felony. Is this correct?

Asked on May 27, 2011 under Personal Injury, Mississippi

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Slander is spoken defamation.  Defamation is a false statement made with knowledge of its falsity communicated to a third person which injures your reputation.  A false statement that you committed a felony is slander.  A false statement imputing commission of a crime is slander.  Each repetition of the statement is also actionable as a separate claim for defamation.

You could file a lawsuit for defamation against the individual in question who made the false statement that you committed a felony.


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