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Q: What exactly is slander or deformation of character? Can I be sued if what I'm saying is absolutely true?

2 Lawyer Answers
William Jaksa
William Jaksa
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Toronto

A: It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and can vary from one situation from another. Simply put it is a false statement that hurts a person's reputation. You are allowed to express an opinion and you are allowed to state facts - everything else is a grey area. Yes, you can be sued even if what you said was true.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: You are correct in your line of thought. Truth is a defense in defamation cases. But you could still be sued. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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