Defamation: Slander & Libel
Making untrue statements that injure another’s reputation is defamation and is legally actionable. Defamation, also called slander or libel (depending on whether the untrue statement was written or voiced) can be an issue in employment disputes, insurance claims, and business conflicts.
Defamation and slander can hurt your feelings, good will, reputation, and damage your business. Don’t hesitate to talk with a lawyer if you have been defamed.
Clients come to the Law Offices of Shawn Steel & Associates seeking relief from the problems caused by a defamer. If a defamer has damaged your business, your ability to obtain insurance, or your employment status, contact Shawn Steel & Associates at 800-626-0003 for a FREE initial consultation.
Defamation in Employment, Business, and Insurance.
Matt Zandi handles wrongful termination, interference with business operations, and insurance bad faith matters.
These can involve legal issues such as:
- Interfering with contractual relations between businesses
- Initiating false rumors about a business rival
- Spreading false accusations in order to justify terminating an employee
- Interfering with another’s economic advantage
- Retaliation after sexual harassment charges
Complexities of Defamation and Slander Cases
Defamation cases can be tricky. The plaintiff needs to prove that the false statements were intentional and spread with the intention of harming the plaintiff. The plaintiff must also prove that they have been damaged by the false statements. Expressing an opinion is usually not actionable, and the difference between merely stating what you believe and making statements of fact can be hard to prove.
Speak With an Attorney Who Can Advise You About Taking Action After Libel or Slander
That is why people who believe they or their businesses have been materially harmed by defamation should contact an experienced lawyer to advise them about their options. Not all negative statements are considered defamation. It often requires an attorney who understands the distinction between making statements of belief and assertions of fact to determine whether you have been defamed. Matt Zandi has years of litigation and trial experience. He understands the subtleties of defamation cases. Contact him to learn about your options.