In business, your reputation means everything. It is an important and integral part of your company’s identity and you’ve worked too hard to let someone damage it.
Defamation, Slander, and Libel Explained
Unscrupulous competitors, rivals, and ex-business associates may decide to damage your business by releasing false information about your company. This is known as defamation. Your company may be targeted, or you personally may be targeted in the attack. In general, there are two categories of defamation – libel and slander.
- Libel – when defamatory statements are made in print, it is known as libel. This includes magazine articles, Twitter, Facebook, or other printed publications.
- Slander – when defamatory statements are spoken, it is known as slander. This includes spreading rumors or speaking negatively with other business professionals about a company or business associate.
In order to prove defamation, you must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That the information is false
- That the person releasing the information did so with the intent to cause harm or damage to your business
- That your business or reputation has suffered from this false information
Defamation can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences, some more apparent than others. Damages could be in the form of financial losses, broken contracts, or lost business relations. Damages could also prevent you from obtaining future contracts, building a stronger client base, or retaining employees. In the state of Florida, plaintiffs are allowed to seek actual damages, compensatory damages, and punitive damages in defamation lawsuits.
When defamation threatens to ruin your business and destroy your reputation, you need an experienced and skilled business law firm on your side. At Kelley/Uustal, we represent employees, executives, individuals, businesses, and owners after they have been harmed by defamation. We prepare every case as if it is going to trial and our skilled litigators are not afraid to fight the tough fight to protect your business and your reputation.
If defamatory statements have harmed you or your company, it is imperative that you act quickly to mitigate the damages, as there are time limits within which you may bring a claim.
Commercial Contingency Law Firm
The commercial contingency lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have the resources necessary to fight defamatory statements and restore your business’ reputation. If your defamation lawsuit ends up in court, as many often do, you can rest assured knowing that you are being represented by successful trial attorneys, who have the skills and experience needed to win the tough courtroom battles. When your business reputation is at stake and you are in need of an attorney for a commercial contingency matter, contact Kelley/Uustal by calling (954) 522-6601. We are here to answer all your questions, protect your business, and help you pursue justice.