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Libel and slander

How To Know If You Are The Victim of Libel or Slander

Defamation is language that injures the good name or reputation of another person.

If the statements complained about are designed to be read, its libel. Slander involves the spoken word. Unless it's on TV or radio, then it goes back to the libel category.

Defamatory language must tend to lower the victim in the esteem of any substantial and respectable group, even though it can be a small minority. The person complaining cannot rely on an artificial, unreasonable or tortured interpretation of what was said. It can't be something only "supersensitive persons" would consider slanderous.

A statement is not actionable if it is substantially true. Defamation can not be claimed where there the speaker has some privilege. For example, statements made in the course of litigation are protected. Statements of fact are actionable, expressions of opinion are not.

There are two types of slander.

·         Under slander per se, no proof of damages is required, where the spoken words impute crime, loathsome disease, relate to a person's business or profession or go to such other basic characteristics.

·         In other instances, or slander per quod, then money damages must be proved.

Defamation law is complex. Volumes have been written. The reason that defamation presents problems for the courts is that they must balance two basic rights. One is our right to freedom of speech. The other is the individual's right to protection against harm to reputation.

For example, where the person complaining that they've been defamed is a public figure, then they must prove that the harmful statements were made with "knowledge of falsehood or reckless disregard for the truth." That means that people including politicians, actors and others in the public eye can not recover for defamation unless they prove that defamatory statements published against them were intentional or wantonly reckless.

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Samantha Lynn Dammer
Samantha Lynn Dammer
34

620 East Twiggs Street Suite 110, Tampa, FL 33602

Bar #36953(FL)     License for 2007 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Alimony | Bankruptcy and debt | Business | Chapter 7 bankruptcy | Child custody | Child support | Copyright infringement | Foreclosure | Intellectual property | Libel and slander | Litigation | Real estate | Residential real estate | Trademark infringement
Michael Alan Bernstein
Michael Alan Bernstein
32

1140 Bayview Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 333042547

Bar #332951(FL)     License for 1981 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Family | Libel and slander | Medical malpractice | Personal injury
Kris Bradshaw Robinson
Kris Bradshaw Robinson
29

582 West Duval Street, Lake City, FL 32055-5801

Bar #247870(FL)     License for 2000 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Commercial real estate | Libel and slander | Life insurance | Litigation | Personal injury
Michael Brad Gibson
Michael Brad Gibson
19

6117 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32211

Bar #470708(FL)     License for 2001 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Libel and slander | Motorcycle accident | Personal injury | Trucking accident
Matthew Decell Weidner
Matthew Decell Weidner
14

The WeidnerLaw Legal Center250 Mirror Lake North, St Petersburg, FL 33701

Bar #185957(FL)     License for 1999 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Estate planning | Foreclosure | Libel and slander | Probate | Real estate
Sanford Roy Topkin
Sanford Roy Topkin
12

1166 W Newport Center Dr Ste 309, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-7739

Bar #948070(FL)     License for 1992 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Civil rights | Discrimination | Health care | Insurance fraud | Insurance | Lawsuits and disputes | Libel and slander | Medical malpractice | Personal injury
Michael Troy Traficante
Michael Troy Traficante
10

5551 Ridgewood Drive Suite 501, Naples, FL 34108-2719

Bar #28562(FL)     License for 2006 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Business | Consumer protection | Guardianship | Libel and slander | Litigation | Mediation | Real estate | Residential real estate
Robert Rivas
Robert Rivas
10

660 E Jefferson St Ste 202, Tallahassee, FL 323012547

Bar #896969(FL)     License for 1991 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Civil rights | Commercial real estate | Constitutional | Libel and slander | Litigation
Cathleen Ann Scott
Cathleen Ann Scott
7

Jupiter Gardens250 S. Central Boulevard, Suite 104, Jupiter, FL 33458

Bar #135331(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Civil rights | Discrimination | Employee benefits | Employment and labor | Health care | Health insurance | Libel and slander | Litigation | Mediation | Sexual harassment | Workers compensation | Wrongful termination
Vincent T. Lyon
Vincent T. Lyon
7

145 City Place, Suite 301, Palm Coast, FL 32164

Bar #103554(FL)     License for 2013 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Copyright application | Copyright infringement | Guardianship | Intellectual property | Libel and slander | Litigation | Probate | Trademark application | Trademark infringement
Lindsey Brooke Wagner
Lindsey Brooke Wagner
4

Jupiter Gardens250 S. Central Boulevard, Suite 104, Jupiter, FL 33458

Bar #86831(FL)     License for 2010 years

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Civil rights | Discrimination | Employee benefits | Government | Libel and slander | Litigation | Sexual harassment | Wrongful termination

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