23. Those statements by Defendants constitute defamation per se. 24. Defendants' defamation per se entitles Plaintiff Eric Hunter to actual and punitive damages as sought in the Prayer for Relief in this Complaint. Demand For Jury Trial Plaintiffs demand a jury trial on all issues so triable.

To read up more on what constitutes libel and slander per se (defamation per se), check out our detailed blog post here. Businesses may sue for both defamation AND commercial disparagement if they so wish. However, damages may be nominal, unless specific damage to a business’s reputation or sales is evidenced. In legal terms, these statements are referred to as "defamation per se." Examples include phony claims of serious criminal mischief or sexual misconduct. Although workers' compensation usually bars employees from suing employers, workplace defamation of character is considered a "proprietary" interest and thus is able to be brought in a ...