Slander Lawyers

how do you prove libel or slander libel and slander are both types ofdefamation falsely conveying a very negativeimpression of another person or business for example if lindsay says joe is aconvicted criminal or is dishonest or deals in stolen and defective merchandise or spreads herpes that certainly could create a negativeimpression about joe but unlesslindsay’s statement was false it’s not defamatory no matter howmuch it may hurt joe’s feelings or harm joe’s reputation or business

true statement are protected by thefirst amendment’s right to freedom of speech even if lindsay had cast her statementas her opinion rather than fact i think joe spreads herpes that wouldn’t shieldlindsay when statements of opinion may bereasonably interpreted as stating actual facts they are treated like any otherdefamatory statement so what’s the difference between slanderand libel if the defamatory statement is spokensuch as in a conversation with friends in aspeech before an audience or on radio or tv it is called slander

libel refers to defamatory statementsmade in writing whether in a letter newspaper or book or in an email or on a web site just because somebody madea false statement that created a negative impression about you does not mean you are likelygoing to become rich suing for slander or libel in mostcircumstances you have to be able to prove that you oryour business suffered actual financial harm as aresult are the libel or slander to collect punitive damagesyou also will likely have to prove

the defamatory statement was made withactual malice in other words the person making thestatement knew it was false or showed recklessdisregard for the truth those things can be very difficult toprove and some defamatory statements such as thosemade during legislative debate or in court papers are absolutely privileged politicalfigures and those involved in public debate have an especially high hurdle sothat the threat of defamation suits does not have a chilling effect on freespeech rights

as libel and slander cases are usuallydifficult and expensive to handle very few lawyers take them on and fewerstill would think of doing so on a contingency fee basis

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