How To Fight Libel, Slander And Defamation
As Americans, one of our greatest freedoms is the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Notwithstanding that freedom, some words do more than offend or hurt feelings. Some words actually cause damage. Some people communicate with the intent to cause you personal harm or adversely impact your business. Those types of communications are considered defamation and are not protected forms of speech under the First Amendment. Defamation includes both libel (defamatory writings) and slander (defamatory statements). Defamation can be personal or about your business.
My name is Chris Haden. As the founder of Haden Law Office, I am an attorney serving clients in Louisville and throughout the surrounding Kentucky area in all types of libel, slander and defamation claims. Reputation is an important part of my law practice, so I understand how important your reputation is to you. I will fight diligently to protect your reputation and work to recover financial compensation from those whose defamation causes harm to you or your business. Have you or your business’s reputation been damaged as a result of someone else making false statements about you? If so, you may recover financial compensation through a defamation claim.
Definition Of Defamation
Defamation has a very specific legal definition. The elements of defamation are:
- A false and defamatory statement of fact
- A false and defamatory statement of fact regarding the plaintiff
- A false and defamatory statement of fact which is published by a third party
- A false and defamatory statement of fact that results in injury to the plaintiff
The law does not guard against just any publication, but only publications that are false and actually cause harm. Defamation law is strongest when relating to private individuals and intentionally false statements. Defamation law tends to be weaker when unintentional or negligent statements about public figures are involved.