Defamation is no laughing matter, despite being minimized or dismissed as light-hearted. False accusation, lies, and misleading comments can have a detrimental effect on your life. Whether said in humor or with malicious intent, you could be entitled to compensation.
At JML Law, we understand the serious impact defamation has in the workplace. If you have suffered negative consequences due to falsehoods, consult with a Woodland Hills defamation attorney today. The dedicated lawyers of JML Law have represented defamation victims across the state for over 40 years. Schedule a free evaluation of your case by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800.
How Defamation is Defined in California
Defamation is the act of damaging another party’s reputation, whether by publishing false information or verbally spreading lies. Injured parties often suffer ridicule, humiliation, or harassment. A workplace can quickly descend into a toxic environment.
Under California law, defamation is classified as follows;
- Libel: refers to false, disparaging information that is published or written using a third party. Forms of published communication could be a newspaper, social media, or workplace email.
- Slander: refers to any spoken communication that damages a person or company’s reputation and good standing.
Spoken communication presents certain challenges when presenting evidence. Consulting with an experienced defamation lawyer in California is paramount to the success of your case.
A Knowledgeable Defamation Attorney Can Help You Meet All the Elements of Your Claim
Defamation cases are complex and require superior investigative skills to gather key evidence. At JML Law, our attorneys will interview witnesses, research and obtain documents, and consult with experts to assess damages accurately.
Blog posts, social media, and emails are all sources of defamation. Bank accounts, rejected bids for work, or being passed over for a promotion can be used to establish the extent of harm caused by the defamation.
The most common forms of evidence introduced in defamations claims include the following;
- Testimonial evidence: Oral or written support of your claim, usually attributed to witnessing statements
- Documentary evidence: Printed material, often from emails and social media account posts
- Physical evidence: Tangible objects, like a newspaper or magazine
- Demonstrative evidence: Illustrative evidence that implies the defamation, as in a timeline showing when the initial slander or libel took place and the negative consequence afterward
The dedicated attorneys of JML Law will ensure all supportive documents establish the elements of your defamation case, including;
- That there is a publication of a statement of fact, not an expressed opinion
- The information is false
- The information is unprivileged
- That the false information is damaging to the plaintiff’s reputation and good standing
- That the defendant is responsible for the false information and statement of fact
What Is California’s Statute of Limitations for Defamation?
In California, victims of slander and libel have a one-year filing deadline from when the first statement is made. If you or your business has experienced repercussions resulting from false information, contact a libel and slander attorney in Woodland Hills today.
Are There Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations?
While California law is typically very strict on the statute of limitations, there are a few circumstances that qualify for an exception. It is important to consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as you become aware of slanderous or libel statements.
Some exceptions to a defamation case statute of limitations may be;
- If the victim was not aware of the libel or slander or any facts that would have caused the person to suspect that they had been harmed by false statements.
- If the victim was a minor and was not legally able to make any decisions at the time of the defamatory statements
- If the allegedly responsible party left the state before the claim could be filed
How Could a Woodland Hills Defamation Attorney Help Me Disprove False Statements?
At JML Law, our defamation lawyers are committed to obtaining justice for those whose careers and reputations have been adversely affected by workplace accusations and untruths. When you hire one of our attorneys to bring a defamation lawsuit on your behalf, we pledge to apply the full extent of our legal expertise to ensure you are compensated for:
- Pain and suffering endured as a result of the defamation
- Punitive damages, which are intended to penalize your employer for their part in the defamation, or for failing to prevent it
- Any other costs you have incurred as a result
Speak with a Woodland Hills defamation attorney, today and schedule your free initial consultation by calling JML Law today on 818-610-8800.
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Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, give us a call at 818-610-8800 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no risk to meet with us. We get paid only if we win your claim.