In order to establish a claim of slander, the plaintiff must prove the following elements:

  1. That the defendant made a false and defamatory oral communication concerning the plaintiff;
  1. That the communication was published to a third party;
  1. That the defendant either knew the communication was false and that it defamed the plaintiff [,] [or] acted in reckless disregard of these matters [, or acted negligently in failing to ascertain them]; and,
  1. That the publication of the communication was a [proximate] [legal] cause of special damages to the plaintiff [or that the defamatory communication constituted slander per se].

NEV. J.I. 8.02

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