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Internet Defamation Lawyers; Online Reputation Fixers
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As one of the first legal practices in the country to concentrate on Internet defamation law and online trade libel, Kelly / Warner lawyers have successfully litigated over 700 reputation-related cases -- both domestic and international, business and personal.
Our Internet defamation lawyers know how to get libelous, negative content removed from the Web.
If a competitor, client, news organization or person defames you online, in print or via email, text message or video, Kelly / Warner can help restore your good reputation.
Can An Internet Defamation Lawyer Get Statements Removed From The Internet?
Gripe and consumer review websites are a thorn in the side of many businesses and entrepreneurs; individuals are losing jobs because of adult cyberbullying and online rumor spreading.
A ruined reputation is just a tweet or nasty blog comment away. That's why it’s important to address any and all libelous statements ASAP. The longer words fester, the more damage they do.
Defamation 101: The Basic Elements of U.S. Slander & Libel Law
To win an Internet defamation lawsuit, in a United States court, plaintiffs must:
- Show that the defendant published or broadcast the statement;
- Prove that the statement is/was false;
- Prove that the plaintiff was harmed by the statement;
- Demonstrate that the defendants did not verify their claims.
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Online Defamation Law FAQ
What is the statute of limitations for slander and libel in the United States?
Defamation statute of limitations varies by state. Click here for a list. If you're interested in the statute of limitations for another country, visit Kelly Warner's International Defamation Law Database.
Can a plaintiff win a defamation lawsuit if the defendant is telling the truth?
You’ve heard the saying: “It’s not defamation if it is true.” And yes, for the vast majority of slander and libel lawsuits, this adage holds true – but not always. In some jurisdictions, a judge can deem a true statement defamatory if the defendant acted with actual malice. Additionally, if you can prove, via evidence, that a defendant made a false statement of fact, then it's possible to win a slander or libel claim – even if the defendant told the truth. (In other words, we live in an imperfect world. If the plaintiff is more convincing than a defendant, the plaintiff has a shot at winning.)
What constitutes “harm” in a slander or libel lawsuit?
Typically, defamation plaintiffs must prove material harm to win. The most common forms of material harm are lost wages, a decline in business or sinking stocks. In some jurisdictions, plaintiffs can also point to mental anguish and other types of reputational or medical vicissitudes as actionable harm.
Is defamation a federal or state issue?
There are both Federal and state defamation laws. Go here for a breakdown of national and regional libel and slander regulations.
What if defendants truly believe their inaccurate statements?
This is one of the trickier aspects of online defamation law. Sometimes, defendants who can prove that they believed a contested statement, win. That said, if a given plaintiff's information is more compelling than the defendant's, the plaintiff may win. Like any lawsuit, defamation cases turn on evidence.
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 spoken or transitory defamation.