In the State of Indiana, defamation is a common law offense that can be broken down into four distinct elements: a statement with defamatory imputation, malice, publication, and damages. To establish defamation, you must show that a statement was made that would tend to lower a person’s reputation in the community, the speaker knew the statement to be false or made it with a reckless disregard for the truth, it was communicated to another person and it caused damages. If you are considering a defamation claim, it is best to contact an experienced trial attorney for advice.


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