Attorney Nellie L. King is a firm believer in the Constitution and its duty to protect the American people. She works personally with each of her clients and makes a concerted effort to get to know each individual to develop the strongest case for their specific circumstances. She is a natural storyteller, and this significant skill comes into play as she frames each case to protect her clients’ rights.
This is particularly important as she represents clients in the age of the internet, a time that has enabled anyone to publish nearly anything anywhere. While this is a testament to the freedoms provided by the founding Constitution of our country, it could also give way to harmful words. Upset, uninformed, or even vengeful people can post inaccurate and unfair material that can severely and negatively damage the reputation of an individual or company.
If someone has made false statements against you or your business, they can be held liable for defamation. If someone has publicly written or spoken a false statement intending to hurt your reputation, you can file a civil lawsuit.
While the First Amendment allows people to speak freely, it also protects individuals from untruthful statements made against them and their reputation. The state of Florida defines defamation as a false statement communicated to a third party that aims to harm the reputation or financial well-being of a person or business. With this in mind, defamation can be examined as two different forms: libel and slander.
Libel is a false statement published in writing that damages a person’s reputation. Slander, on the other hand, is a false statement that is spoken and similarly damages the reputation of an individual, group, or company. Slander can be communicated intentionally or negligently, meaning that even if someone did not mean to make a false statement, they can still be held accountable if that statement harmed someone.
In order to prove someone has engaged in libel or slander against you in West Palm Beach, Fl, you must prove that:
It might also be in your best interest to know of any potential defenses someone might make against an accusation of defamation. The biggest defense in a case of libel or slander is that the statement made was truthful. Be aware that if someone makes a true statement, even if it harms another’s reputation or business, they cannot be held accountable.
Additionally, note two important privileges protected by law. Fair report is a privilege protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution that allows for opinion pieces, such as an opinion article in a local newspaper or an online review of a product. Similarly, neutral report privilege aims to protect the press. This privilege allows the media to report on matters they believe to be of public interest, even if this may have a negative impact on a public figure.
Your reputation is important to live a fair and free life. As such, you deserve legal counsel in managing your reputation. If you believe someone has spoken negatively against you and has damaged your reputation, you might want to seek legal guidance in retaliation. An experienced defense lawyer can develop a strong case to defend your rights and your reputation. At the Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A., Attorney King works one-on-one with her clients to develop a strong, personalized strategy. She will take the time and care to get to know her clients and frame their case around their circumstances.