Reputation is key for any business. As people look for a given business or a given service, seeing negative reviews can severely impact sales. While negative reviews will happen to any business, when they are done with malicious intent, it crosses the line and damages can be recovered. If you feel that a person or rival business has been writing or saying false things in order to impede your business, contact our South Florida slander & defamation attorneys to learn what actions may be available under the law.
Libel and Slander are the legal terms for written and verbal false statements, respectively, about a business or individual that is published to third parties. Defamatory statements can have a disastrous impact on your business, ability to get a job and on your general character and reputation.
Libel has become a severe problem for businesses, especially with the proliferation of the internet. If someone searches for your business and finds a website that unfairly disparages you, it can lead to people unfairly assuming your business is substandard. Likewise, slander is done through word of mouth throughout the community. If a rival is spreading lies about your business and making false accusations, that word can spread and cause people not to patronize your business.
Both of these are considered defamation of character. Defamation of character is an intrinsically false, baseless statement that impugns a person’s reputation. In order to successfully prosecute a claim for defamation of character, you need to show that the statement was completely false and completely baseless and done with malicious intent. Because truth is an absolute defense against defamation, you cannot prosecute this claim simply because you are unhappy that someone is speaking negatively about your business. If it can be proven to be true, your case will be thrown out.
If you believe your character has been defamed, the attorneys at Schecter Law are well equipped to fully analyze the issues raised by your claim and to help you determine a creative and cost-effective course of action.
We utilize the team approach because we believe that collaboration enhances the quality of service to our clients, and adds value to our representation. Our experienced Fort Lauderdale slander & defamation attorneys bring insightful legal analysis and hard work in every aspect of your case. We dedicate detailed and in-depth attention and analysis to all of our cases at a level that surpasses the big firms, but with legal fees that do not. This allows you to save money while sacrificing nothing in terms of expertise or quality of representation. We take great pride in our client satisfaction and in fostering a level of trust through open communication.
We are committed to our clients as we are to their cases – Your phone calls are returned promptly; the lawyer assigned to your file is directly accountable to you; and, you will always be able to contact the partner in charge directly, without any buffers. If you are currently involved in a dispute involving your business or other commercial interests, contact the South Florida slander & defamation attorneys at Schecter Law. We strive to produce satisfied clients and we would be happy to assist in any actions you may have.