Legal Question in Discrimination Law in New York

when someone makes up lies about you and talks bad about you, what is that called?

Asked on 9/22/11, 2:07 pm

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Michael Haber Law Offices of Michael S. Haber

It could be defamation, which comprises both libel (written defamation) and slander (verbal defamation). In order to make out a case for defamation, you'd have to be able to show that the defamatory statement was "published" (communicated) to a third party; that it was untrue; and that it depicts the plaintiff in a poor light as to a factual matter. It cannot be something that is mere opinion or a mere insult (i.e., "stupid" or "silly").

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Answered on 9/22/11, 3:55 pm

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