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LIBEL & SLANDER - Laws and Attorneys

Libel & Slander law exists in both civil and criminal law, and applies to situations in which one party knowingly publishes or makes false statements (defamation) about another party, and the aggrieved party suffers some sort of measurable harm. The party responsible for these statements can be sued in civil court and face criminal charges. The most common types of defamation are libel and slander. Libel and slander are torts and crimes and any party who feels they have been the victim of either type should work with a libel and slander attorney for assistance in recovering appropriate damages.

Slander

Slander is any false statement(s) that are communicated by speech, sign language, or some sort of gesture to be considered slander. In order for a plaintiff to demonstrate slander they must show the offending party made a false statement, that the false statement was heard by other people, and that, as a result of those people hearing the false statement, the plaintiff suffered some sort of measurable harm. Slander laws do not require any physical written proof of a false statement, it can be more difficult to show in court, and is typically done by calling witnesses to attest they heard the defendant make the false statement. Any party who feels they have been harmed by slander should consult a slander attorney for assistance in filing a legal claim.

Libel

Libel laws have established that a person is guilty of libel if they: make a false statement in some sort of written form read by other people do not conduct adequate research to verify the truth of the statement and cause the victim harm because of the statement. Libel “statements” can be written, photographic, or other publishable forms. Like slander, other people must see the “statement(s)” and it must cause some sort of measurable harm to the target of the statement. You should consult a libel attorney for assistance in recovering against those responsible for the offensive or damaging statement(s).

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