Missouri Defamation

Defamation is a written or spoke statement that injures a third party’s reputation. In Missouri, there are six elements that need to be met; (1) publication, (2) of a defamatory statement, (3) that identifies the plaintiff, (4) that is false, (5) that is published with the requisite degree of fault, and (6) damages the plaintiff’s reputation. Overcast v. Billings Mut. Ins. Co., 11 S.W.3d 62, 70.

 

In order to meet the “publication” element, all that is needed is a communication to a third party. Neighbors v. Kirksville College, 694 S.W.2d 822, 824.

 

In Missouri, you have two years to file a claim before the statute of limitations bars any claims. Hiring an experience attorney who can quickly investigate and file a valid claim for defamation of your business will assure your claim is heard in court.

 

Contact Howard Haake at (314) 325-9868 or (636) 332-5555 if you feel your business has been defamed.

 

 

 

 

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