Libel is a type of defamation. Libel is a false and unprivileged publication by writing or other fixed representation that exposes someone to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or that has a tendency to injure a person’s occupation.
Libel is particularly damaging to the reputation of the individual because it can be read by a great number of people. This is particularly true of the most prominent form of libel that we face today, that is libel over the internet. With the broad reach of the internet, defamatory online postings pose a serious threat to your reputation, often through seemingly anonymous posts.
The professional handling of a case of libel is crucial, because there are many defenses to a libel case. First and foremost, defamation means a false statement. Truth is a defense. California has statutes for mass media that require demands for retraction. Jury instructions vary as to what must be proved depending upon whether the victim is a public figure or a private figure.
At the Broderick Law Firm we are equipped to deal with the intricacies of claims of defamation in the form of libel and slander. Call us at 650-857-9000 for a FREE consultation and see if you have a case.
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