Defamation is the act of harming someone’s reputation by making a false and disparaging statement to a third party, either verbally or in writing. In Utah, defamation requires several essential elements:
A false disparaging statement about the plaintiff.
Made to a third party, orally or in writing.
Resulting 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 people’s reputations by allowing them to have legal recourse. If you have been a victim of defamation, you need a lawyer.