I was thinking about this the other day and I know a couple of Stockies have OH's that are lawyers, and I thought some people might have personal experiences to share. What exactly is slander and defamation and what happens in a case? I mean, if I write on my personal diary here at home "ABC is a stupid idiot and should never be allowed near a horse because she whipped one yesterday." and the fact is totally false, is that slander? However if it's TRUE is it still slander? If I write the same thing on a public forum and it's false, obviously that would be slander. If it was TRUE is it slander and could ABC basically sue me' for damages to their reputation? If instead I wrote on a public forum "I saw a stupid cow whip her horse yesterday, she should never have horses." on a public forum and the person I am referring to realizes it's her I am referring to because they saw me when the incident occurred, would they have a case if they decided to persue it even though no name or address or details identifying the horse or person is released? Can you be done for defamation if the facts are correct? Ie on x date at approx x time I witnessed x person striking their horse x amount of times with their whip. Is it slander if it is gossip or rumour? Said by word of mouth or only if it's written (ie more solid proof than "I heard", "so and so said" or "I saw" verbally? It seems these days as soon as anyone sees something or hears something they don't like about themselves they scream for their lawyer to file a suit. So what exactly is slander and defamation? Does anyone know? Or does anyone know a website with the correct legal information regarding this? Purely out of interest, I hear about it a lot, but know very little about it.