To discredit another person’s reputation with untruths is against the law. It’s against the law for obvious reasons. When a person’s reputation is dragged through the mud, it could cause them to lose their livelihood and happiness. It could cause them to lose friends, deteriorate their relationship with their family and much more.
Defamation means to proclaim a false statement about an individual that does damage to their reputation. Defamation can be brought upon an individual, product or group. It can even be brought against an entire nation or religion. If a person or business is considering taking someone to court for defamation, they need to make sure that the accusations claimed are not true.
When it comes to our rights, this law is needful, otherwise, everyone will be saying anything about anyone and getting away with it. The purpose of such laws is to make sure that people understand, that if you proclaim something against an individual of person that it needs to be true. Businesses fail due to false accusations, products are pulled from shelves, due to false claims, etc. So our laws are in place to make sure that people, groups and businesses are protected. Libel means basically the same thing, except the false claims are in the form of writings, pictures, etc.
When taking a group or individual to court for defamation or libel, three things must be proved. As stated above it must be proved that the statement spoken against the person or product is untrue. Second, it must be proved that this false statement has caused harm to the person. So, if the person can not prove that the false words that were spoken caused harm to the person and adversely affected his life then the case may be lost. And third it must be proven in court that the person or group that spoke the words did not take the time to investigate the truthfulness of the statement, but instead simply blurted out falsehoods blatantly and without research.
Let’s take a closer look at the different types of statements. An opinion is merely an opinion. Having and stating an opinion is different from stating something as a fact. Stating words a factual context can be looked upon as defamation. Stating words as part of a simple opinion can not. However, in some jurisdictions, the court does not distinguish between opinions or facts. Next, there is a statement that is made in good faith. If taken to court the judge would look at the amount of reasonableness when it comes to this belief or good faith. An insult is typically not looked at as a defamatory action. An insult or words spoken in anger is typically not intended to be taken seriously. And then there is the ‘fair comment’. The fair comment spoken with concern for the public interest can not be considered as an act of defamation. In the United States, this type of statement is protected and if taken to court, it will be defended successfully.
Lawyers who specialize in defamation suits are experts when it comes to the use of words and accusations. They are trained to recognize the different ways in which certain words are spoken in order to purposefully destroy the reputation of business or individual. If a person chooses a Dallas defamation lawyer or a defamation lawyer in Kansas City, the training and education in lawyers that specialize in this area are intense.
Attorneys that practice in this field are fully aware of the legal right to speak, but at the same time they understand how people’s lives can be literally ruined. They’ve studied especially to defend the rights of businesses or individuals that have been hurt by malicious lies and false statements. When choosing an attorney for a libel or defamation suit, select one that is dedicated to his/her client. Select one that will go all the way to protect your reputation with passion.