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CAN I SUE SOMEONE WHO SAYS OR WRITES SOMETHING DEFAMATORY ABOUT ME?

Free legal information for libel/slander law @ FreeAdvice.com. In order to prove defamation, you have to be able to prove that what was said or written about you was false. If the information is true, or if you consented to publication of the material, you will not have a case. However, you may bring an defamatory action if the comments are so reprehensible and false that they effect your reputation in the community or cast aspersions on you.

  46. Slander, false and unprivileged publications which constitute

Slander is a false and unprivileged publication, orally uttered, and also communications by radio or any mechanical or other means which: 

 PENAL CODE (SLANDER):

  258.Definition; punishment; privilege 

Slander is a malicious defamation, orally uttered, whether or not it be communicated through or by radio or any mechanical or other means or devise whatsoever, tending to blacken the memory of one who is dead, or to impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue or reputation, or disclose the actual or alleged defects of one who is living, or of any educational, literary, social, fraternal, benevolent or religious corporation, association or organization, and thereby to expose him or it to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule. Every person who willfully, and with a malicious intent to injure another, utters any slander, is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Words uttered in the proper discharge of an official duty, or in any legislative or judicial proceeding, or in any other official proceeding authorized by law, shall be privileged and shall never be deemed a slander within the meaning of this section. (Added by Stats.1929, c. 682, p. 1174, 1. Amended by Stats.1983, c. 1092, 255, urgency, eff. Sept. 27, 1983, operative Jan. 1, 1984.) [Emphasis added.]