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?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • 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.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.