2018 Georgia Code
Title 51 - Torts
Chapter 5 - Libel and Slander
§ 51-5-4. Slander defined; when special damage required; when damage inferred

Universal Citation: GA Code § 51-5-4 (2018)
  • (a) Slander or oral defamation consists in:

    • (1) Imputing to another a crime punishable by law;

    • (2) Charging a person with having some contagious disorder or with being guilty of some debasing act which may exclude him from society;

    • (3) Making charges against another in reference to his trade, office, or profession, calculated to injure him therein; or

    • (4) Uttering any disparaging words productive of special damage which flows naturally therefrom.

  • (b) In the situation described in paragraph (4) of subsection (a) of this Code section, special damage is essential to support an action; in the situations described in paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection (a) of this Code section, damage is inferred.

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