709. Statements as representations of facts other than existence of opinion.

If a person who has only an opinion or information as to a matter chooses to state it as a fact, the statement is a representation of the matter stated and the falsity of the representation is established by proof that the matter is not as stated, even though the representor may have genuinely held the opinion or believed the information1. Sometimes a statement which is apparently in the form of an opinion, or uses words tending to suggest that it is only an opinion, may be held to contain or imply a statement of fact, and even from