Can the Grinch Sue for Defamation?

Consider all the horrible things said about the poor Grinch.  Does he have a case for libel and defamation if he should consult with any attorney?

Here are some of the questions posed by lawyer turned writer Linda Holmes:

Potentially defamatory statements

We will first take some of the statements you mention in turn to explain their possible relevance to a successful claim.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch

Under the laws of defamation in effect in Whoville, this would most likely be considered a statement of opinion and not actionable.

You really are a heel

Also opinion. Generally under Whoville law, successful defamation claims arise from statements of fact.

You can read the rest of her analysis of the Grinch at a blog post made at NPR.  In the end, Ms. Holmes decides it would not be prudent to pursue a defamation claim.  But she leaves open the question of whether the Grinch may have a malpractice claim against the doctor who implanted the metal frame in his chest which broke when his heart suddenly went from being too small to extra large.

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