The Cost of Defamation

The Cost of Defamation

In today’s digital world, it is easy to post negative comments on the Internet about a person or a business that you would never have had the guts to say in real life.  The sheer volume of information on the Internet makes it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.  While you may know the truth, a false post can be dangerous for both you and your business.  And for those who had have had false statements of fact posted about them or their business online – you need to understand what steps are available to you.  Hutcherson Law’s Internet lawyers are skilled in guiding those who have experienced Internet defamation through the legal process.

Internet defamation can come in two forms: libel and slander.  Libel is written defamation on a website, comment, review, or blog post.  Slander is defamation that is spoken such as through a video, podcast, or audio file.  The feasibility of posting online as well as the abundance of opportunities to post online have led many to believe that it is not a big deal to post negative statements online.  This is false–the power of what is published on the Internet should never be underestimated—it is permanent.  Those who experience Internet defamation suffer both financially and personally.  Hutcherson Law understands the costs associated with defamation.  Whether libel or slander, our team will help you fight back and recover damages for the harm that you have endured.

Still convinced that what you post online is no big deal? According to the Huffington Post, a student in New South Wales posted negative information on Twitter about one of his teachers.  Because his comments were deemed defamatory, he was ordered to pay $105,000 to that teacher.

How can you avoid costly Internet defamation? Think before you post or hit send.  Never publish something when you are angry, whether email, text, or on social media.  Take a day and wait to reply.  Remember that negative reviews for a business should be constructive, not vindictive.

If you have experienced Internet defamation, contact our skilled team of Internet lawyers.  We understand the complexities of Internet defamation law and how to quickly restore your online reputation.


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