Mississippi Defamation Lawyer and Attorney for Libel and Slander
Defamation is the act of harming the reputation of another by making a false statement to a third person. Defamation involves two related harms, libel and slander. Generally libel is defamation in written form, whereas slander is defamation in oral form. One very important legal fact to understand about defamation is that truth is an absolute defense. In other words, if what someone has published about you is harmful to your reputation but nonetheless is true, there is no cause of action. Another important distinction in the law of defamation is that if the alleged defamation involves a person who is a public figure, such as a actor or politician, then the actor or politician, in a lawsuit for defamation, would have to prove not only that the statement was false, but also that the maker of the statement did so with malice or with a reckless disregard for the truth. Over the years, the courts have therefore made it very difficult for a public figure to prevail in a defamation suit. That does not mean that a public figure cannot prevail, however. Consult the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., to discuss whether a statement made against you is defamatory and is one that could be the subject of a successful lawsuit. Call us for answers to these and other important questions involving defamation:
- Does defamation have to be a written oral statement, or can it involve conduct only?
- What would you have to prove in a defamation suit in order to prevail?
- What amount of money could you expect to receive in a defamation lawsuit?
- Can you sue for each time that a statement is made, or can you sue only for one making of the statement?
- What are the factors that determine whether you are a public figure?
- Can you be a public figure for the purposes of the lawsuit even though you are not otherwise in the public light?
Please contact us to arrange for a confidential consultation with a Mississippi Defamation Lawyer and Attorney for Libel and Slander.