Insurance 101 – Chapter 9 – Volume 94 – Defamation


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 following video was adapted from my book, “Insurance Claims A Comprehensive Guide” Published by the National Underwriter Company and is available at the Zalma Insurance Claims Library

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