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Pursuing A Defamation Claim

Defamation can cause great harm to someone’s reputation, career, brand and public image. Defamation, by definition, involves spreading false statements that cause harm. Pursuing compensation for that harm can be a challenge, however. Skilled legal counsel is essential for navigating these cases.

Our legal team at Hunker Appeals represents plaintiffs in defamation lawsuits involving libel or slander. We also handle appeals of lower court decisions in defamation cases. With a founding attorney who is Florida board-certified in appellate law, we draw on a wealth of experience and knowledge to advocate for clients through all stages of litigation.

Proving A Defamation Case

Defamation – which encompasses libel (written statements) and slander (oral statements) – are tricky and nuanced legal concepts. They all involve speech, whether written or oral, which implicates constitutional concerns around freedom of speech and freedom of the press. However, speech or communication that amounts to defamation is not entitled to constitutional protection.

Pursuing a defamation claim, whether it involves libel or slander, requires proving:

  • The statement was false
  • It was communicated to a third party
  • It caused harm to the subject of the statement (or it was the type of statement that is presumed to cause damage – defamation per se)

Additionally, the plaintiff must prove that the person or organization that made the statement was either negligent in failing to uncover the facts or, in cases involving public figures, that they acted intentionally and were motivated by malice.

Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the nuances of these cases. We are well-positioned to help clients succeed, whether in trial or on appeal. We are well-versed in all aspects of complex litigation.

Learn More About Enlisting Our Services For A Defamation Claim

We practice in state and federal courts of both Florida and Georgia. Additionally, our lawyers serve as co-counsel and consultants for other attorneys handling challenging cases.

To learn more, please reach out to us online or by phone at 877-906-5656.