Slander is categorized as a tort or personal injury. Slander generally means any libel communicated by publicly spoken words, radio or any mechanical or other means which:
|Falsely charges any person with crime, or with having been indicted, convicted, or punished for crime.|
|Falsely attributes to a person the present existence of an infectious, contagious, or loathsome disease.|
|Directly injures a person with respect to his or her office, profession, trade or business by making false statements charging a general disqualification with respect to the specific office or occupation that has a natural tendency to lessen its profits.|
|Falsely impeaches a person's honesty, integrity, virtue or reputation.|
|By natural consequence, causes actual damage.|
Generally if the oral statement is proven untrue, the plaintiff may be legally entitled to collect damages. If the defamer is proven to have been motivated by ill will or malice, punitive damages may be awarded by courts or juries.
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