Saint Peters, MO asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri

Q: My ex lied to a home renter when they called him to verify I lived there for 9 years and he claimed I never paid

He also stated he had me evicted which is a lie and prevented me from getting a place to live. Can I sue for slander?

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Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: You may indeed sue for defamation. Better questions are:

1. How much have you been damaged in dollar terms?

2. If you sue and get a judgment will it be collectible?

3. How many thousands of dollars are you willing to spend to hire an attorney to litigation the case?

Defamation cases are tough in Missouri because actual damages is an element of the cause of action.

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