Slander” is a word thats tossed around a lot. We all basically know that slander means someone has said something about us that is untrue. But what does slander mean in legal terms? When should one hire a Los Angeles slander attorney? When people sue for slander, it means their character, reputation or ability to earn a living has somehow been damaged by the spoken untrue words of someone else.
Most often, slander is a statement made by a person against another person, or about their means of livelihood or their good name that results in a defamation of character. Slander is ultimately about social standing in the community and character injury or defamation of character results when that slander affects the victims place in society in a negative way. A mans (or womans) honor, integrity and good name are really the only things he can control by his own behavior and when someone wrongly besmirches his reputation, it is called slander. In days past, this sort of an insult often resulted in the slap of a glove across a cheek and a duel to the death at dawn. Today, we turn to the courts.
Take Bob Ledersons case for instance. The owner of a car repair shop in Los Angeles, Bob had spent years building his reputation as a trustworthy mechanic and businessman in the community. He was a leader in an industry group and his business was thriving. A man named Stanley Green came to Bob to repair his car, but behaved so erratically that Bob politely declined to fix his car and recommended he take it to a dealership for repair. This was his right, but Stanley Green took offense. At a community business meeting, Stanley showed up and slanderously accused Bob in public of shoddy repair practices and of using parts from stolen vehicles to repair his customers cars. Naturally, Bob was shocked and angry by the slanderous accusation, but never dreamed anyone would take Stanley seriously. But when local police showed up to investigate the claim (they found nothing) innuendo spread around the community about what Stanley had claimed. Bobs business slid downhill and ultimately was forced to close. Unable to really defend himself against the slander without giving Stanley credibility, he was left with no alternative than to sue the man for the slander and defamation of character and for the damages hed suffered. Because Stanleys claims had no basis in truth, (in fact, they were a lie) and because many in the community had witnessed the slander, Bobs Los Angeles slander attorney made an out-of-court settlement with Stanleysattorneys and won a large amount of money.