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Defamation occurs when a party communicates an untrue statement that harms the reputation of another. The person or party to whom the statement is directed could be any either an individual or a group, and could be a natural person or a business entity. Organizations such as churches or charitable groups may also sue for defamation. Traditionally, defamation is divided into two categories:
Slander: spoken defamation
Libel: written defamation
Defamation can cause serious damage to a person’s reputation which could cause both economic and non-economic losses. If you believe that you have been defamed, you should contact an experienced defamation attorney as soon as possible.
How a Defamation Attorney Can Help
Whether you are the subject of defamation or are the one being accused of defamation, retaining an attorney is important. An experienced defamation attorney can help you determine and against whom you may have a claim. Also, if the defamation is ongoing, an attorney may be able to help you obtain an injunction against the person or party who is defaming you.
A defamation attorney handling defamation cases will take the necessary steps needed to pursue the right course of action if applicable for your case. The attorney can protect your interest by:
- Recovering damages
- Gaining back your reputation
- Writing a cease and desist demand letter
- Have the printed material retracted by the publication
- Voluntary removal of contents requested
On the other hand, if you are the subject of a defamation lawsuit, there are several defenses that an attorney may raise. These include:
- A reasonable belief that the statements were true
- Defenses based on the statute of limitations
- No communication of the statements to a 3rd party
- Fair comment on a matter of public interest
- Mere abuse
- No actual injury
These are just some of the potential defenses that could be raised against an allegation of defamation. Anyone who believes that they have a claim or are otherwise involved in a defamation matter should contact an experienced defamation attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Defamation Attorney Today for Help
An attorney will be able to assess what legal course of action to take whether it be recovering damages or gaining something more valuable such as your reputation back.
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