When can you sue for slander?
Question Details: I owned a pet sitting/training business. I had a lady bring me her puppy for training $200 she claimed he threw up a sock and she took him to the vet the next morning. She told me the bill was $209 and she wanted a full reimbursement for that. I told her I would reimburse her if she provided me with the itemized vet bill because I wouldn't refund her for routine vet care, she refused. She told me I could contact her vet for the bill, so I did with no response. She then posted on Facebook a post stating I almost killed her dog, and that I'm an untrustworthy person and to not trust my business. I lost business over the post. She then said she wanted reimbursed for the training fee because it was not successful, she said this months later. I do guarantee my training but not with money back. She has since filed for small claims court stating I refused to reimburse her training fee, first Ive heard of her waiting that training fee back originally she wanted the vet bill back which I agreed to, now shes asking for $350. I was just curious if I would have any luck with slander/libel or something positive on my side for this case.
Defamation is making an untrue statement or assertion of fact about you which damages your reputation. Claiming you are untrustworthy is not defamation, since that is an opinion, not a provable or disprovable statement of fact, and opinons are not defamation: the law allows people to have and state opinions. But claiming you "almost killed her dog" if you did not would be defamation, since that would be an untrue factual assertion or statement, and so if you believe you did not almost kill her dog, you could sue her for defamation on that basis.