Defamation is the communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of, among other things, an individual, business, or product. When the statement is oral, it is called slander. When it’s made in a newspaper, magazine, on a blog or website, or in any other print medium, it is called libel.
Thanks to the internet and social media, the number of “cyber defamation” lawsuits has steadily increased over the past several years. However, in many cases, individuals are unfairly asked to remove material that qualifies as free speech, fair comment, or a genuine matter of public interest.
Since the legal landscape of defamation law has become increasingly complex, and because you may face serious financial exposure if you are found liable of defamation, it is essential to properly and vigorously defend yourself against such claims. If you have been wrongly accused of defamation – including defamation on the internet – we can help.