The law of written and oral defamation is concerned with the protection of the reputation of individuals. This almanac covers the history and development of our present-day defamation law, the elements of the cause of action, defenses, and the applicable damages. A glossary and appendix are included. The Legal Almanac series serves to educate the general public on a variety of legal issues pertinent to everyday life and to keep readers informed of their rights and remedies under the law. Each volume in the series presents an explanation of a specific legal issue in simple, clearly written text, making the Almanac a concise and perfect desktop reference tool. All volumes provide state-by-state coverage. Selected state statutes are included, as are important case law and legislation, charts and tables for comparison.