Cafe ribbing becomes libel suit. Free Speech attack?

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    Interesting suit that could further erode an individuals ability to say what they want in public. I suppose it could even be argued that if you were talking to a friend or your spouse in public about someone being gay or fat and someone overheard you, it could be libel. Crazy.

    Small-town cafe banter becomes lawsuit
     
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    This is what happens when you let the old people out.
     
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    but we've always had slander stand up in court, so this supreeme action gets a tad confusing imho, just what benchmark are we talking (or not talking?) ~S~
     
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    There is nothing confusing about it at all, slander is said with an intent to do damage, and it actually has to cause damage to be actionable.
     
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    Yup aside from intent is the absolute requirement that ACTUAL damage occurred from the comment, statement or remark.
     

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