A false statement of fact is actionable if defamatory. Pure opinion is not. Statements of pure opinion are not actionable as defamation because they are considered protected speech. The law distinguishes between pure expressions of opinion, which are protected, and false factual statements, which are not. Generally, pure opinion is reasonably understood to be nothing more than the speaker’s subjective viewpoint.
The author and publisher disclaim any liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this blog. The information provided is not a substitute for the advice of a competent insurance, legal, or other professional. The Information provided at this site should not be relied on as legal advice. Legal advice cannot be given without full consideration of all relevant information relating to an individual situation.