Defamation, Libel, Slander

When someone calls your character into question and dirties your good name with lies, you shouldn’t have to sit there and take it, especially when that statement harms you personally or professionally. This untruth can be written, pictured, spoken, or even through body language and is called defamation. Defamation is an inclusive term that includes both slander and libel. Slander is a spoken untruth, while libel refers to a statement that is typically written or published. Defamation is always difficult to prove when the truth is buried someplace between the “he said, she said” of a discussion of which you may not have even been apart. 

Today we live in a modern world, where each of us can create our own online, digital arena to voice our opinions to the world. But when someone starts to state facts about others that aren’t true, then you have stepped over the line and potentially committed slander or libel. The brave new world of yellow journalism puts you in the same category as William Randolph Hearst and Perez Hilton. Having a voice is one thing; using it responsibly is another.

If you have become the target of someone’s untruth or have been accused of spreading false statements, then the lawyers at the Boesch Law Group are here to help. At BLG, we understand that in order to prove a libel or slander claim, the individual must prove five main points. 

1) False communication;  2) Unprivileged statement of fact that is not an opinion; 3) The statement was made about the plaintiff; 4) Published to a third party; 5) Damages were generally caused, including the loss of income, inheritance, or loan.

Without these points, it becomes difficult to prove a defamation claim. 

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