Can I Get Defamatory Statements Removed From The Internet?
Due to the rise of the Internet, the number of online libel lawsuits has skyrocketed.
Gripe and review websites are a thorn in the side of many businesses; individuals are not being hired because of defamatory online content.
A ruined rep is just a tweet or nasty blog comment away – which means it’s important to legally address any and all libelous statements ASAP. The longer words fester, the more damage they can do.
Defamation 101: The Basic Elements of U.S. Slander & Libel Law
To prevail in Internet defamation lawsuits plaintiffs must:
- Show that the defendant is the party who published the statement;
- Prove the statement is/was false;
- Prove plaintiff was harmed by the statement;
- Demonstrate that the defendants did not verify the truthfulness of their assertions.
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Libel v. Slander
There are two main categories of defamation: libel and slander. Libel is the publication of false statements via words or images. Slander is the verbal version of defamation. A malicious and false statement made by one person regarding another person is slanderous.