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An architect publicly states the nature of his inspiration

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An architect publicly states the nature of his inspiration behind designing an office building, but then later states a different reason for his inspiration which is contrary to the first reason (because he felt he had to tell the truth). This new reason unintentionally embarrasses his client and possibly causes the shares in the client's company to lose value. Could his client take him to court for slander?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
What is the slander please?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. He says his inspiration for designing the building comes from the excitement he felt from the terrorist attack / destruction to the client's previous building. His client says the building's design is supposed to reflect the free society in which they live.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not sure if there is a case for slander or not
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
That is not defamation I'm afraid.
That is just a misrepresentation at it's very highest point.
Defamation needs to cause 'serious damage' to a person's reputuation. Saying that his clients were terrorists or supported terrorists would have got over the hurdle.
Sorry if that is bad news but this is just plain not defamation.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** helpful. I'm not looking for slander specifically, just a legal threat of some kind, court or legal damages. Would misrepresentation be enough for a lawsuit?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Not here.
Misrepresentation can be a breach of contract but that doesn't arise here.
I'm very sorry but this is just an error.
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