Defamation is the act of harming the reputation of someone by making a damaging false statement to a third party. The statements can be verbal or written. These days, thanks to the pervasiveness of social media and electronic communication, false and damaging statements can follow people around for years, exposing them to unwanted negative publicity and ridicule.
What is Defamation?
In Utah, defamation requires several essential elements:
- A false disparaging statement;
- About the Plaintiff;
- Made to a third party, either orally or in writing;
- That results in damages (harm) to the Plaintiff
In Utah, some false statements are considered so harmful that damages are presumed by the law. Calling someone a criminal, incompetent in their profession, or stating that the plaintiff has a “loathsome disease” are all examples of this form of defamation. False allegations can be harmful in many different parts of your life. They can impact your personal relationships, career opportunities, business interests, and family life.
Keep in mind, what was said or written must be false. Defamation is a unique area of law that is able to protect peoples reputations by allowing them to have legal recourse. If you have been a victim of defamation, you need a lawyer.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Defamation law has very specific requirements and often requires extensive fact-based investigations. Our office has experience handling these types of cases.
We have the legal expertise and resources to help you will all of your defamation needs. Although complex, slander or libel is a very important issue. Defamation is hurtful and can be extremely costly for those that have to go through it. It can affect business, relationships, and emotional health.
If you believe that you have been the victim of slander or libel, and are wondering how to repair your reputation and obtain justice for the harm that you experienced, contact one of our highly skilled Utah lawyers for a consultation.