defamationYes. Libel and slander are forms of defamation, which we're proud to challenge for our clients in court. Libel involves written statements and slander involves oral statements, but both are an attempt to cause harm to the victim.

Understanding Defamation

To win a slander or libel lawsuit, the statement must be false, and there's a requirement of proof the perpetrator knew it was false or either recklessly disregarded the truth.

Individuals who suffered defamation generally have to show they experienced an economic loss as a result. In cases of business slander, victims have to prove their livelihoods suffered because of false and disparaging statements about goods or services.

However, the law recognizes that some lies are so hurtful, you don't have to show an economic loss, including:

  • Criminal accusations
  • Attacks on a person's business reputation or professional character
  • Sexual allegations, such as a person caused harm to another individual, is impotent, or infected with a sexually-transmitted disease

Most defamation cases involve a victim’s workplace, managers, or coworkers. For example, a coworker may make a false statement that causes you to lose a job or get passed over for promotion. These can be difficult cases to litigate, since the defense usually argues that other events on the job caused your problems.

The Fort Worth business attorneys at Samples Ames PLLC can investigate the details of your case and help get the compensation you deserve. Simply fill out the quick contact form on this page to get started.

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