As one of the first law firms to concentrate on Internet defamation law and online trade libel, RM Warner lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of online libel matters — both domestic and international. If a competitor, client, news organization, or person defames you online, in print, via email, by text message, or on video, we can help restore your reputation.
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As one of the first law firms in the country to concentrate on Internet defamation law and online trade libel, our attorneys have assisted thousands businesses and individuals with a myriad of online defamation challenges. We represent Internet brands, founders, licensed professionals, and individuals who’ve been unfairly disparaged online to seek proper recourse. Internet defamation is inherently complex because of immunity granted to online platforms, anonymous speech online, and with the need to protect free speech. However, RM Warner has the requisite knowledge and experience to provide you with the best counsel possible.
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MORE ABOUT DEFAMATION LAW
TO WIN AN INTERNET DEFAMATION LAWSUIT PLAINTIFFS MUST:
- Prove the defendant published or broadcast the statement;
- Prove that the statement is false;
- Prove the statement caused harm;
- Demonstrate that the defendants did not verify their claims.
WHAT CONSTITUTES “HARM” IN A SLANDER OR LIBEL LAWSUIT?
Typically, defamation plaintiffs must prove material harm. The most common forms are lost wages, business decline, or sinking stocks. In some jurisdictions, plaintiffs can also point to mental anguish and other medical vicissitudes.
CAN AN INTERNET DEFAMATION LAWYER GET STATEMENTS REMOVED FROM THE WEB?
Depending on the circumstances, yes. Read more about Internet defamation cases in our blog.
CAN A PLAINTIFF WIN A DEFAMATION LAWSUIT IF THE DEFENDANT TELLS 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 saying holds true. However, in some jurisdictions, a judge can declare a truth defamatory if the defendant acted with actual malice. Plus, if you can evidentially prove that a defendant made a false statement of fact, then it’s possible to win a claim – even if the defendant told the truth. (In other words, we live in an imperfect world. If plaintiffs are more convincing than defendants, the plaintiffs have a shot at winning.)
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SLANDER AND LIBEL?
Slander is spoken defamation and libel is written (or graphic) defamation.
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.
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 RM Warner’s International Defamation Law Database.
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