Defamation is when a false statement is made to others in the community and those statements cause harm. Specifically, in Nevada, defamation is defined as “a communication that tends to damage the reputation of the plaintiff and reduce the esteem of the community toward him/her, or to deter third parties from associating or dealing with him/her.” (K-Mart Corp. v. Washington, 109 Nev. 1180 (1993).)
What is a False Statement?
As silly as it may seem, a clear definition of this is often needed. Many people avoid this element by mixing truth with lies. However, it is clear that ANY FALSE STATEMENT can fall under the banner of defamation.
The key to it all: HARM
The false statement part may be easy, but the hard part is what is the harm? It must be more than just hurting your feelings. It must be something that actively disrupts your life, business, or peace of mind. For business owners, you are talking about a loss of business due to defamatory statements. That loss of business must be verified with evidence in a court of law.
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