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If you are experiencing defamation, libel, or slander, the guidance of a defamation lawyer in Los Angeles can significantly help.

At Lowe & Associates, our attorneys are committed to protecting the name, reputation, and brand of both individuals and small businesses facing defamatory statements.

Our attorneys understand the impact of defamation and its potential to derail careers and businesses, as well as cause immense strain on an individual’s emotional state.

We recognize the gravity of these consequences and move promptly to stop the defamation and deter others from engaging in slander or libel against you.

Our attorneys can and will litigate a defamation case to the end. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

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What is Defamation?

In California, and many other states, there are two types of defamation:

  1. Libel, and
  2. Slander.

If a statement is made verbally, it is slander. If the defamation is in writing, it is libel.

Defamation Per Se

Statements are considered defamatory per se when the defamatory character of the statement is apparent on its face. That is that they are inherently harmful and defamatory without the need for further explanation or context. In cases of defamation per se, the plaintiff does not need to prove special damages because the harm is presumed to exist due to the inherently damaging nature of the statement.

Defamation Per Quod

If a false statement is not defamation per se, it is defamation per quod. This is when a statement is not inherently defamatory and requires additional explanation or context to understand their defamatory nature and the harm caused. In these cases, plaintiffs typically need to provide evidence of special damages caused by the statement.

When Do You Have a Claim for Defamation?

Defamation is a civil cause of action that is intended to protect the reputation of the defamed person. Defamation occurs when a person:

  • makes a false statement of fact about you or your business;
  • the statement was published (made to a third party);
  • the person who made the statement did so negligently, recklessly, or intentionally; and
  • as a result of the statement, your reputation was damaged.

When an individual or entity has had their reputation impugned due to false statements made about them, a potential defamation claim arises. At its core, defamation is the communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual, or entity.

It is important to note that there are distinct rules that apply to defamation cases involving public figures. Numerous safeguards exist, allowing speakers certain leeways, even if their comments may be inaccurate. If you are a victim of alleged defamatory statements, contact our firm to speak with an attorney.

Is it Worth Suing for Defamation?

In short, yes, it is worth it to sue for defamation. When a plaintiff brings a successful defamation case, they are awarded an array of damages based on the severity and impact of the defamation.

General Damages: These are non-specific damages awarded for the harm done to the plaintiff’s reputation and/or emotional well-being. They are meant to compensate for the overall damage caused by the defamation rather than specific financial losses.

Special Damages: These are awarded to compensate the plaintiff for the monetary losses directly attributable to the defamation. This can include loss of income, business contracts, clients, or opportunities that can be demonstrated with evidence.

Punitive Damages: These are awarded to punish the defendant when their conduct is found to be particularly malicious, reckless, or wanton. The amount awarded varies depending on the case and can be up to ten times the amount of general and special damages combined.

These financial awards can compensate for the emotional distress and financial setbacks suffered as the result of a defamatory statement. It is worth it to sue, not only to recover financially but to help serve as a deterrent against future instances of defamation against you or your business.

Internet Libel

Libel is a written or printed defamatory statement. When it occurs online, the potential for damage to one’s reputation can be severe.

Personal and professional relationships can suffer when false information spreads online. For businesses, a single false claim online can result in lost clients, decreased revenue, and a tarnished brand image. Widespread business defamation can erase years of hard work in an instant.

As online content is easily shared and remains accessible, the effects of internet libel and other defamation actions can persist long-term. It is important to take a proactive approach to reputation management, oftentimes with the help of a lawyer.

Our Los Angeles defamation attorneys can help you recover damages from online libel or slander and deter others from engaging in libelous statements against you in the future.

Examples of Internet defamation:

  • Blog Posts – A blogger wrongly accuses a business owner of fraud, resulting in negative reviews.
  • Social Media Comments – A user falsely tweets about a celebrity’s supposed drug addiction.
  • Online Reviews – A disgruntled customer leaves a fake review about a restaurant, alleging unsanitary conditions.
  • Forums and Message Boards – An anonymous user spreads false information about a teacher, causing community distrust.
  • Digital Publications – An online magazine inaccurately claims a startup engages in unethical practices, causing investors to pull out.

 

How Our Attorneys Assist in Defamation Cases

Defamation law is complex and always requires the assistance of an attorney who has experience in handling these types of cases.

Here’s how our attorneys actively protect your rights and reputation:

Assessing the Situation: Our attorneys swiftly determine the strength and viability of your defamation claim, differentiating between protected expressions and genuine offenses.

Gathering Evidence: Our attorneys meticulously collect digital records, interview witnesses, and document all pertinent information to build a robust case.

Sending Cease and Desist Letters: Our defamation lawyers craft compelling cease and desist letters, often prompting the offending parties to retract or amend their statements or pay money for the harm they caused.

Litigating When Necessary: If going to court is the best option, our lawyers represent you fervently to protect your rights.

With our firm by your side, you’re equipped to confront defamation cases head-on, ensuring justice and safeguarding your reputation.

Consult With Our Los Angeles Defamation Lawyers Today

Defamation lawsuits can compensate you financially, stop the defamation, and potentially deter others from defaming you or your business in the future.

Our Los Angeles defamation attorneys at Lowe & Associates can help protect your name and recover financial compensation. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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