Defamation

INTERNET DEFAMATION LAWYERS. ONLINE REPUTATION FIXERS.

As one of the first law firms to concentrate on Internet defamation law and online trade libel, RM Warner lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of online libel matters — both domestic and international.

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Our Internet defamation lawyers know how to
get libelous content removed from the Web.

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If a competitor, client, news organization, or person defames you online, in print, via email, by text message, or on video, we can help restore your reputation.

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TO WIN AN INTERNET DEFAMATION LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS MUST:

  1. Prove the defendant published or broadcast the statement;
  2. Prove that the statement is false;
  3. Prove the statement caused harm;
  4. Demonstrate that the defendants did not verify their claims.

CAN AN INTERNET DEFAMATION LAWYER GET STATEMENTS REMOVED FROM THE WEB?

Depending on the circumstances, yes. Read more about Internet defamation cases in our blog.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SLANDER AND LIBEL?

Slander is spoken defamation and libel is written (or graphic) defamation.

WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SLANDER AND LIBEL IN THE UNITED STATES?

Defamation statute of limitations varies by state. Click here for a list. If you're interested in the statute of limitations for another country, visit RM Warner's International Defamation Law Database.

WHAT CONSTITUTES “HARM” IN A SLANDER OR LIBEL LAWSUIT?

Typically, defamation plaintiffs must prove material harm. The most common forms are lost wages, business decline, or sinking stocks. In some jurisdictions, plaintiffs can also point to mental anguish and other medical vicissitudes.

CAN A PLAINTIFF WIN A DEFAMATION LAWSUIT IF THE DEFENDANT TELLS THE TRUTH?

You’ve heard the saying: “It’s not defamation if it is true.” And yes, for the vast majority of slander and libel lawsuits, this saying holds true. However, in some jurisdictions, a judge can declare a truth defamatory if the defendant acted with actual malice. Plus, if you can evidentially prove that a defendant made a false statement of fact, then it's possible to win a claim – even if the defendant told the truth. (In other words, we live in an imperfect world. If plaintiffs are more convincing than defendants, the plaintiffs have a shot at winning.)

WHAT IF DEFENDANTS TRULY BELIEVE THEIR INACCURATE STATEMENTS?

This is one of the trickier aspects of online defamation law. Sometimes, defendants who can prove that they believed a contested statement, win. That said, if a given plaintiff's information is more compelling than the defendant's, the plaintiff may win. Like any lawsuit, defamation cases turn on evidence.

ONLINE DEFAMATION PIONEERS

Our Internet defamation lawyers know slander and libel like Lebron James knows basketball. We have successfully handled all manners of reputation-related cases - for individuals and businesses.

We know how to get disparaging, negative comments removed from the Web - quickly. Get in touch today to begin the conversation and start clearing your good name.

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