Injurious Falsehood

A claim for injurious falsehood is based upon a false statement that disparages a person’s property. For example, an injurious falsehood claim may arise where a person makes a false statement about another person’s title to real property and the other person suffers damages as a result. Injurious falsehood in this particular context is often referred to as slander of title.

A victim of injurious falsehood may obtain compensation for her pecuniary losses. Punitive damages may also be available in especially egregious cases.

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[Sources: Douglas C. Melcher, Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia § 17 (2014), and legal authorities cited therein.]