Slander of title is a one of the "specialized" Common law intentional torts. The State of California has adopted the definition of slander of title set forth in section 624 of the Restatement of Torts reading as follows: "One who, without a privilege to do so, publishes matter which is untrue and disparaging to another's property in land, chattels or intangible things under such circumstances as would lead a reasonable man to foresee that the conduct of a third person as purchaser or lessee thereof might be determined thereby is liable for pecuniary loss resulting to the other from the impairment of vendibility thus caused."
The term slander of title is somewhat of a misnomer as slander refers to that which is spoken yet the tort slander of title requires publication. A more accurate term would be "dispargment of title"
A slander of title suit can be pursued with merit in a variety of circumstances including but not limited to" the filing of an invalid lien against real property or virtually any type of recordable instrument recorded against a property by one without privelege which is untrue....It is not a requirement that it be recorded merely published, and in the broadest sense of the word. Published can ever refer to the placement of a lawn sign in front of someone's property upon which is conveyed an untrue disparging statemnt.
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