At a practical level, a defamation suit is a terrible remedy.
If I say "JimDandy is a stinker!", and you sue me over it, then we get to have a big public trial in which a central question is "Is JimDandy a stinker?". Someone probably writes an article about how interesting my position on JimDandy is, and what else I think. I get free advertising. I get to put on witnesses who list why you are a stinker, and you get to argue that you are not a stinker.
When it is all over, when people hear your name, they think "stinker".
Last edited by zukiphile; December 7, 2012 at 08:10 AM.