Torts: Defamation & Slander

By Tabitha Berger & Cecilia Hopkins


A tort is a wrongful act or an infringement on a right, leading to civil legal liability.

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Defamation is the act of damaging the good reputation of someone.

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Slander occurs when someone causes defamation on someone through words.

Example: A doctor tells other employees that his co-worker is dealing drugs. Word gets back to someone in charge, and the accused doctor is suspended until an investigation is completed.

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Libel is when defamation occurs in written form  

Example: A nurse posts an edited picture of a doctor doing illegal things, and their boss sees this picture,  then the accused doctor gets fired.

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