Posted openly for all to see is a DNA/DNR on a Sara Willmott in CT via the CCAC Rescue Team. Now I don’t know who this Sara Willmott is and that’s not even the issue here, what I find more interesting is the content itself.
CCAC Rescue Team just publically slandered and defamed the name of one Sara Willmott yet this is the same group that filed in a Michigan Federal Court for the exact same thing on another set of individuals. ( Ever heard of crying wolf?)
So what’s good for the Goose isn’t good for the Gander, is that how the ole saying goes.
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This case is getting very interesting with each day I’m in receipt of multiple of screen shots/ screen captures showing the Plaintiffs in this case for their own handy work. It’s taking me a great deal of time to sort thru all of this information and decide what I should post out. Yet to date I have only been sent 2 emails about the Defendants and those were not even relevant or about this situation.
Note: This page covers information specific to Michigan. For general information concerning defamation, see the Defamation Law section of this guide.
Elements of Defamation
In Michigan, the elements of a defamation claim are:
- a false and defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff;
- an unprivileged publication to a third party;
- fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher; and
- either actionability of the statement irrespective of special harm (defamation per se) or the existence of actual harm caused by the publication.
These elements of a defamation claim in Michigan are similar to the elements listed in the general Defamation section, with the following exceptions:
Defamation Per Se
Defamation per se exists if the communication is false and imputes a criminal offense or lack of chastity. Unlike in many other states, defamation regarding one’s business or profession is not defamation per se in Michigan. See George v. Senate Democratic Fund, 2005 WL 102717 (Mich. Ct. App. 2005); Pierson v. Ahern, 2005 WL 1685103 (Mich. Ct. App. 2005).