Slander is verbal language that is false and that damages the reputation of another person.
Libel is written language that is false and that damages the reputation of another person.
Business disparagement is any kind of language (spoken or written) that is false and damages the reputation of a business.
Defamation is the generic term used to describe all kinds of false language that damages the reputations of individuals or businesses.
Truth is a defense to any kind of claim of defamation. If you are thinking about suing someone for defamation, keep in mind that you automatically make your reputation a target for the opponent to shoot at in court. In other words, if you are claiming that your reputation has been damaged, you invite your opponent to show that you did not have a good reputation to begin with. This is often a risky proposition.
The statute of limitations for defamation claims in Texas is one year. This is shorter than most statutes of limitations. No matter what state you live in, you only have so much time to file your lawsuit. Be careful to check on what the limitations period is in your state.
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