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:
    1. A false disparaging statement;
    2. About the Plaintiff;
    3. Made to a third party, either orally or in writing;
    4. 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.

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.  

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 free consultation.

The experienced defamation attorneys at Hepworth & Associates can be reached at 801-872-2222, call today.