Libel Slander Defamation

Slander and Libel are forms of defamation of character. This is the publication of false statements about an individual that cause harm to the individual's reputation or character. Publication happens when the statement, in writing, orally, or by electronic media, is received by at least one other person. Libel is written defamation, while slander is spoken defamation. Both are covered by state laws, which generally require the false statements to be intentional. Proof of the truth of the defamation is generally a complete defense in a civil action for libel or slander. Only factual misrepresentations are considered libel or slander. Expressions of opinion are not. Please read on to find a slander, defamation or libel attorney or access more information about defamation law here in our libel, slander and defamation practice center.

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Ask a Lawyer - Libel Slander Defamation Law questions answered by leading lawyers
How does one protect oneself from a sociopathic liar?
A sociopathic liar makes false statements and accusations against my character. This results in people thinking that I am the worst person, and leaves me with emotional hurt. How can I stop this sociopaths lies?
Can an HR rep report failed discuss failed drug test and cases socially?
I was fired for a failed drug screen for marijuana. My wife of one month sent an email from her personal email to the HR reps business email acct pleading for me to retain my job as this was a 1 time use. The HR rep who handled my case was overheard discussing the details of my case at the grocery store calling me a drug addict. She was overheard by a colleague of my wife of 1 month, who is an LPN. The colleague approached her and informed asked if there was an issue because she knows my wife would not marry a 'drug addict'. The HR rep stated if she was a nurse she should know not to associate with a drug addict and that my wife is a (expletive.) In turn the HR rep reported my wife the the NJ board of nurses stating suspicion of drug use AND forwarded the email my wife had sent (from a personal email account) as evidence of knowledge of drug use awareness. My wife's license has now been revoked. Can this vendetta be legal? Is this sharing confidential information or slander?
is it ok that i represent myself in my defamation case against my neighbor?
after putting cameras on my house, my neighbor posted signs up facing my house. one of the signs accused me of being a 'peeping tom'. I plan on suing him for defamation because my signs are on my property. and I lost of my daycare clients due to his signs. being that it cost about $5000.00 to try this case with an attorney; is it ok if I have the attorney file the case for me and I represent myself in court and use an attorney for advice through consultations?
I am an Australian company who has been seriously defamed by a Florida company. Is there no win no
I have had a company in Florida list me and my company on a US website called RipOff Report. They have stated that both me and my company are "Fraudulent and Deceptive". When i google my company name it comes up on the frontpage of Google searches with this comment now. The comments are completely false, and the impact on both me and my company are irrepairable and will destroy my business because i am an Internet based company. I have the full name, contact details and Business Name of the person who has done this. They are located in Boca Raton. I am in Sydney Australia though. I want to sue this person for all they are worth because they have destroyed me and my business. Importantly - i also want them to pay for the removal of the comments from the site they posted it on. I will still need to deregister my company over this though because the details will now have been spidered and be available on the net forever. I am seeking punitive and significant compensation.
How do I protect myself from a serious accusation?
My husband has been admitted to a hospital due to being poisoned and he is fighting for his life. I am in Florida and he is in Northern Kentucky. He is suffering kidney failure and brain damage. The doctor said he has symptoms ethylene glycol poisoning and his parents are telling the hospital staff I did it when he was here last week.
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Libel, Slander and Defamation Lawyer Web Sites
 -  Mississippi Law - Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & Mccormick, P.A.
 -  Maui County Law - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Maui County Attorney - Yanagida & Associates
 -  Washington Litigation - Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
 -  Baltimore Law - Leviness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
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