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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 3 weeks ago

 Is it still slander if it's between close friends talking about another friend. Nothing malicious?

Could someone sue for slander if it's between close friends talking about another friend. Nothing malicious?

We're three really close friends though two of the friends talked about one of the friends in a conversation over the phone.

Now one of the friends on the phone told the other about something the other friend told. Now the friend who was talked about said talking to sue for slander. is that possible?

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  • 2 weeks ago

    This sounds more like casual gossip than slander. It may be different if said friend posted your business online and twisted it around with the intent of ruining your reputation. To give one example of what I understand slander being. 

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Seems there might be problem with hearsay in this case. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Yes if the statement made was false.  But to sue over it they would also need to prove their damages and one person's opinion doesn't tend to amount to much.  But lets say that the third person was a reporter, and he/she published an article based upon the false claim by the close friend the damage to the person's reputation would be far more damaged and easily proven by the published article, but in that case the person who wrote the article would likely be sued too, but for libel.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    You're still obsessing over this?

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  • Liz
    Lv 5
    3 weeks ago

    Slander has been defined as “the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation.”

    Better to say something nice instead of something that could hurt the other person.

    “Gossip brings anger just as surely as the north wind brings rain.”—Proverbs 25:23,

  • 3 weeks ago

    Was what the one person told the other false?  Was the person talked about damaged in a provable way - lost a job, couldn't get another job, lost their place to live etc (not hurt feelings) by the false statement?

    If so, it may be a winnable slander lawsuit.  If what was said is true, there's no case. And if there's no damages, there's no case.

  • 3 weeks ago

    not legally, and not if what is said is true or can be reasonably believed by the speaker as true.

  • Robert
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Well he would have to have been damaged.  I doubt a private conversation could do that.  To be slandered you have to have more than your feelings hurt.  For instance if you told an prospective employer a lie about the person and he was denied a job, that is something he could sue over because you injured him by costing him the salary he would have.  You can't sue someone because they hurt your feelings.

  • 3 weeks ago

    So what are the damages? First thing is they would have to show actual damages(caused them to not get a promotion for example). This sounds more like idle gossip and the threat sounds like someone has hurt feelings, even though they probably do the same thing.

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