Recently an Illinois appellate court determined whether the following was actionable defamation:
What do you think? If your answer is yes, you would be wrong according to the trial judge and the appellate court. The court held that such statements are merely non-actionable opinion and “while arguably harsh, merely amount to loose, figurative language that no reasonable person would believe presented facts and which is therefore non-actionable”.
While I am not recommending that you go out and publish accusations of this kind against another person, if you do, it may not be necessary to call your attorney or your insurance company to defend you. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.