Defamation is damage to a person's reputation. It can be a cause of great emotional distress in the nature of shame and abandonment by colleagues and friends. Defamation can also cause economic damages, particularly when it is related to a person's business. We cover the defamation areas of:
There are two forms of defamation. Libel is defamation in writing, but it can also include a broadcast such as a radio broadcast that is oral. Slander is spoken defamation.
Libel is particularly damaging to the reputation of the individual because it can be read by a great number of people. This is particularly true of the most prominent form of libel that we face today, that is libel over the internet.
The professional handling of a case of defamation is crucial, because there are many defenses to defamation. First and foremost, defamation means a false statement. Truth is a defense. California has statutes for mass media that require demands for retraction. Jury instructions vary as to what must be proved depending upon whether the victim is a public figure or a private figure.
No matter what type of defamation you are experiencing, we can help. In the video below, our Internet Defamation Attorney Timothy Broderick discusses subpoenas to third parties to identify the identity of anonymous posters of defamation on the internet.
We can also protect you in other ways. In the video titled "European Courts Determine The Rights to Be Forgotton" below, we discuss a recent decision by the European Court of Justice that establishes the right to be forgotten.
At the Broderick Law Firm we are equipped to deal with the intricacies of claims of defamation in the form of libel and slander. Call us at 650-857-9000 for a FREE consultation and see if you have a case.
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