I don't have a JD but I do have a paralegal cert and I am shocked more people don't know the difference between stating something as a fact rather than "alleged" rumor or an opinion. When you state something as a fact, you open yourself up to a suit. Per legal dictionary:Originally Posted by chrisg;3650829;
1) to publish in print, writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. It is a tort (civil wrong) making the person or entity open to a lawsuit for damages by the person who can prove the statement about him/her was a lie. Publication need only be to one person, but it must be a statement which claims to be fact and is not clearly identified as an opinion.