Defenses to Defamation Lawyers

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What is Defamation?


Defamation, which includes libel and slander, is the making of false and malicious statements that are communicated either through writing or spoken words. Defamation can result in liability for the publisher or speaker of the false and malicious statement.

Are There Any Legal Defense to a Defamation Lawsuit?
There are two types of defenses to defamation: Common Law Defenses and Constitutional Defenses.

Common Law Defenses
Common law defenses to defamation include:

Constitutional Defenses to Defamation
The Constitution of the United States also provides defense for defamation. The availability of these defenses depend on the status of the person being defamed:

Do I Need a Lawyer for my Defamation Problem?
Proving defamation can be difficult and confusing. An experienced lawyer can help you prove or defend against a defamation charge. An attorney can also help you file court papers and represent you.

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Last Modified: 08-10-2009 11:29 AM PDT

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