What takes only minutes to post to the internet or social media can cause significant harm to a company, a brand, or an individual.
Defamatory statements can be especially harmful when they are in blogs, consumer reviews, or employee reviews of the company that appear as top search engine results. For over fifteen years, our internet defamation lawyers has represented parties in internet defamation disputes,
and we can bring this experience to bear for you.
For years it has been widely believed that individuals have little (if any) options when victimized by defamatory and damaging content on the internet.
Our internet defamation services eliminate and remove defamatory
internet content as quickly and efficiently as possible,
without drawing unwanted attention to it or worsening the situation.
We can also file an internet defamation lawsuit, and leverage our arsenal of investigative tools and tactics to identify anonymous online perpetrators
and hold them liable for their actions.
We pride ourselves on transparent, ethical, cost-effective internet defamation services, and do not take half measures or employ temporary fixes
which cause more problems in the long-term.
If you are a plaintiff, a big advantage in hiring a lawyer is that the firm will usually pay most, if not all, of the litigation costs. Defamation cases can be very expensive because they are very fact-driven. So, a lot of time and money will be spent in building evidence through investigation, depositions, and interrogatories.
In addition, a plaintiff in a defamation case may have to prove "actual" damages suffered with respect to his or her property, business, trade, profession or occupation, including any expenses the plaintiff had to pay as a result of the defamatory statements. Providing a monetary figure to value the harm to your reputation or business can be difficult. Usually, you will have to hire an expert witness to come up with this figure.
Expert witnesses can be costly, especially if they have to testify at trial. An attorney will usually cover these costs. But remember, if there is a judgment or settlement in your favor, the attorney will be reimbursed for these costs.
After getting your defamation lawsuit started by filing the complaint in court and serving the defendant, the next step in the litigation process is discovery.
During this stage, both sides exchange information in preparation for trial. An attorney can be particularly helpful in drafting interrogatories (questions the other party must answer in writing and under oath), taking depositions (question-and-answer sessions under oath), figuring out what records to ask for from
the other side, and more.
Discovery requires in-depth knowledge of evidence rules, as well as an understanding of legal strategy. Most civil lawsuits settle, and defamation cases are no exception. Out-of-court resolution typically occurs before trial, by way of settlement negotiations between plaintiff and defendant (and their attorneys). Additionally, a defamation case may settle through some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration.
Occasionally, a defamation case may settle even before a lawsuit needs to be filed, because of a particularly persuasive demand letter. If the parties do not settle, the defamation case will proceed to trial, when both the plaintiff and defendant will present their cases, including expert testimony.
You'll lean most heavily on your attorney at this stage, because trial can be complex and time-consuming. Remember, defamation cases typically turn on questions of fact, meaning that a jury will need to be convinced that plaintiff was actually defamed and harmed by what happened. An experienced attorney will know how to put on the best case, to ensure the best outcome.
Learn more about what to expect in a defamation case.