Defamation Law

In today’s digital age, reputation is everything. Unfortunately, false and damaging statements can spread like wildfire through social media and electronic communication, exposing individuals to unwanted negative publicity and ridicule. At Hepworth legal, we understand the profound impact defamation can have on your personal and professional life. As locally based defamation attorneys in Utah, we are committed to aggressively defending our clients’ reputations and restoring their integrity. With offices in Salt Lake City, Bountiful, South Jordan, and Murray, we are conveniently located to hear your case and provide effective legal representation.

What is Defamation of Character?

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:

  1. A false disparaging statement about the plaintiff.

  2. Made to a third party, orally or in writing.

  3. 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.

Defamation Per Se:

In Utah, some false statements are considered so harmful that damages are presumed by the law. Defamation per se occurs when the defendant’s statements accuse the plaintiff of committing a crime, having a loathsome disease, or alleging a promiscuous lifestyle. In these cases, the false statements are inherently damaging, and damages are presumed, often leading to more significant recoveries for the plaintiff.

Navigating Online Defamation Challenges:

With the prevalence of social media and online communication, defamation has become even more pervasive. False allegations can significantly impact personal relationships, career opportunities, business interests, and family life. Our defamation attorneys have extensive experience handling online defamation cases, ensuring that your digital reputation is protected with expertise.

Defamation Suit Process:

When you believe you are the victim of defamation, contact us immediately for a consultation. Our experienced attorneys will meet with you to discuss your case and develop a strategic plan for your defense.

  1. Filing the Complaint: After understanding the details of your case, we will file the Complaint, initiating the legal process.

  2. Discovery Phase: During this crucial phase, we will investigate the facts of the case, exchange written questions (interrogatories), conduct depositions, and gather essential evidence.

  3. Settlement Negotiations: Our attorneys are skilled negotiators, and we will work to achieve a fair settlement that protects your interests. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to trial and present your case before a jury.

Your Reputation Matters:

We understand the emotional distress and financial burden that defamation can cause. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, providing compassionate guidance and steadfast advocacy.

We Can help

At Hepworth Legal, we take pride in our local expertise in Utah defamation law. Our team has successfully handled numerous defamation cases, both in and out of court, helping our clients obtain justice and fair compensation for the harm they’ve endured.

Contact Hepworth Legal for a Consultation:

If you believe you have been a victim of defamation, do not hesitate to reach out for legal assistance. Contact our experienced defamation attorneys for a consultation today. Together, we will fight to defend your reputation and restore your integrity.

Utah Attorney Michael Hepworth

Get in touch with us today by calling 801-872-2222