According to the Media Law Resource Center in New York, over the past several years courts have handed down $17.4 million in blogger defamation trial awards. So it’s no wonder we here at Kelly Warner Law are often asked, “I’m being sued for blogger defamation, but I don’t have the money to defend myself. Do I have options?” So without further ado, let’s get to the answer.
Represent Yourself In A Blogger Defamation Case
If you can’t afford an attorney, the most obvious solution is self-representation, or in legal argot, pro se representation. If you want to go the pro se route for your blogger defamation case, you may want to check out this link, this link and this link.
When you represent yourself, it’s not a bad idea to consult an attorney before heading into court. An hour consultation won’t break the bank, and it could save you from losing over a simple error.
Check If Your Insurance Covers Legal Fees
Believe it or not, some insurance policies cover lawyers’ fees. Typically, standard homeowner’s insurance packages don’t cover blogger defamation lawsuit costs, but “excess liability” packages often do. Additionally, some insurance providers will cover legal costs via homeowner’s insurance if the insured party pays an additional $200 to $350 annually. Check with your provider to see if it offers such a deal.
Another caveat enforced by some insurance companies of which you should be aware: no coverage for intentional acts or business websites.
Many bloggers procure affordable legal insurance through blogging associations. If you belong to one, inquire. If you don’t belong to one, consider doing so.
You May Be Able To Afford Legal Counsel
Don’t underestimate your ability to afford an attorney. For starters, your situation may not require lots of litigation. In fact, a simple letter may do the trick – and that won’t cost you much. Moreover, if you have a “can’t lose” case, your opponent could very well be ordered to pay your legal fees.
If you want to consult a blogger defamation lawyer, contact Aaron Kelly.