Defamation refers to the action where someone publishes false statements to others. Furthermore, defamation can occur orally—referred to as slander—and in writing—referred to as libel. Because of its public nature, any false statements can hurt the profitability and reputation of a business.
Damage and Repair to Reputation
Building a strong reputation is one of the most important things that businesses, professionals, authors, athletes, and other public figures do to become and sustain high-levels of success. Thus, when an outsider publishes false and damaging information whether online, in print or televised media, or through simple conversations, it is imperative that a business receives immediate legal assistance. This is even more true for online defamation as these false statements can have a lasting impact on the businesses that they are directed against.
How to Combat Anonymous Authors and Publishers
In many cases, the identity of the author that publishes false information online is not immediately known. Thus, lawsuits for defamation against anonymous persons are brought to the courts and the anonymous poster is known as John Doe or Jane Doe. This is imperative as the legal process associated with the court usually leads to the true identity of the wrongdoers. Furthermore, the court may grant an urgent injunction against the online account even if the account owner’s identity is unknown.
Business Defamation and Reputation Management
Many people believe that businesses are the entity commonly being defamed. However, businesses and corporations can defame individuals and other entities. When a business’s livelihood depends on its reputation, there is recourse available for defamatory statements that damage said reputation and cause economic losses as a result. At Antonoplos & Associates, our group of District of Columbia defamation lawyers has over 20 years of experience assisting clients with receiving compensation from their defamation lawsuit.
Intentional Interference with Economic Interests or Conspiracy
In some cases, an entity may attempt to disrupt your clients, suppliers, or other partnered businesses. The ultimate goal of these actions will be to cause you harm. If this occurs, you can still attempt to receive damages even if the entity is not directly affecting your business. However, you must show the courts that your economic interest is being threatened by the harm of an associated entity. A similar remedy is available if a group of individuals agrees to harm your business and at least part of this plan is done by publishing false and harmful remarks regarding your company. No matter the situation, it is vital that you obtain prompt legal advice to combat these issues.
Intrusion Upon Seclusion
A new fold in the defamation field is the concept of intrusion upon seclusion. This principle allows courts to put the liability on companies for invasions of privacy that are intentional or reckless. However, to have a case, a reasonable person must find this invasion of privacy highly offensive, distressful, humiliating, or anguishing. Another important note is that liability can occur even if the party suffered no financial damage. The most common applications of this principle occur is in financial data, health records, employment information, and private correspondence.
Urgent Remedies and Injunctions
At Antonoplos & Associates, our District of Columbia defamation lawyers have over 20 years of experience working with clients in negotiation and litigation concerning their business disputes. Furthermore, when a business is threatened by the conduct of another entity, you may have to obtain urgent equitable remedies. This ensures the fair and fast resolution of business disputes.
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