The point of defamation law is to compensate a victim for unwarranted damages to his or her reputation. Therefore, if a defamatory statement does not cause any harm to the plaintiff, no viable defamation claim exists.
In some cases, a plaintiff may believe he or she has been injured by a false claim, and the plaintiff may even be correct. However, the damage must be to his or her reputation. Defamation law does not compensate a victim for emotional distress or hurt feelings; other branches of tort law are…read more >