What is defamation?
- An act of injuring a person’s reputation by making a false statement. A defamation statement can be made by verbally spoken words, or written words.
Can I sue for defamation even if it was done on the internet?
- Yes, just as long as you know the name of the person making a defamatory statement. You may also have to prove at a later date, that the the person you sued is the person who wrote the defamatory statement online.
What do I have to prove if I am a public figure or public official?
- Celebrities, politicians, high-ranking or powerful government officials are generally considered public figures/officials and are required to prove actual malice.
- Actual Malice “knowing that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.”
If I am a private citizen what do I have to prove?
- required to prove negligence
How long does a defamation case last?
- Like any case in litigation, a defamation case would last at least a year or more.