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Defamation

Empowering truth and protecting reputations with experienced defamation attorneys.

From online reviews to social media content, individuals are becoming more susceptible to untrue and harmful statements that have the potential to tarnish their reputations. The Defamation attorneys at Buckingham are well-versed in the intricacies of defamation and right to privacy laws, and have a proven track record of successfully representing defamation victims. We’re committed to helping our clients navigate the legal process, and to holding those responsible for these attacks on your character responsible for their actions. Whether you’re an individual, business owner, or public figure, our team is here to provide guidance and legal expertise necessary to protect your reputation.

Areas of Representation

Our defamation team specializes in safeguarding reputations, addressing libel and slander, and seeking justice for clients in all aspects of defamation and online harassment cases. Our team has experience in handling the following types of cases:

Defamation

  • Anonymous Defamation or Harassment
  • Business Competitor Statements
  • Customer Reviews
  • Social Media Statements

Privacy Claims

  • Impersonation Accounts
  • False Light
  • Intrusion into Private Life
  • Unauthorized Disclosure of Private Records

Harassment

  • Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images (Revenge Porn)
  • Internet Extortion

 

Defamation FAQs: Your Questions Answered by Our Legal Team

What is Defamation?

Defamation refers to the act of making false statements about someone that harm their reputation, either in writing (libel) or spoken words (slander), with the intention of causing damage to their character, standing, or business. To be legally actionable, the statements must be false, damaging, unprivileged, and made negligently or with malicious intent.

If you’ve fallen victim to libel and slander, online defamation, and reputation damage, contact Buckingham’s experienced team of defamation lawyers.

Elements of Defamation

What constitutes as defamation? Defamatory statements are those that are false and injurious to a person’s reputation, exposing them to hatred, ridicule, or contempt. These statements can take the form of written (libel) or spoken (slander) communication, and must be capable of causing harm to the individual’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable person.

Learn more about the Elements of Defamation and characteristics needed to support a defamation case.

How to Sue for Defamation

To initiate a defamation lawsuit, start by consulting an experienced defamation attorney who can assess the strength of your case. Once you have your initial consultation, they will help you gather evidence to prove the false statement, its publication to a third party, and the resulting harm to your reputation.

Your attorney will then draft a complaint, which outlines your claims and demands for damages. After filing the complaint, the defendant will be served with legal notice, and the case will proceed through various stages, including discovery, potential settlement negotiations, and ultimately, a trial if necessary.

Successfully suing for defamation requires careful preparation, a strong case, and skilled legal representation to protect your reputation and seek appropriate remedies.

How to Sue for Defamation of Character

Has someone attached your reputation? If you believe you were the victim of defamatory comments, here’s how to take action. In addition, contact Buckingham’s defamation team today for a consultation.

  • What is Defamation?

    Defamation refers to the act of making false statements about someone that harm their reputation, either in writing (libel) or spoken words (slander), with the intention of causing damage to their character, standing, or business. To be legally actionable, the statements must be false, damaging, unprivileged, and made negligently or with malicious intent.

    If you’ve fallen victim to libel and slander, online defamation, and reputation damage, contact Buckingham’s experienced team of defamation lawyers.

  • Elements of Defamation

    What constitutes as defamation? Defamatory statements are those that are false and injurious to a person’s reputation, exposing them to hatred, ridicule, or contempt. These statements can take the form of written (libel) or spoken (slander) communication, and must be capable of causing harm to the individual’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable person.

    Learn more about the Elements of Defamation and characteristics needed to support a defamation case.

  • How to Sue for Defamation

    To initiate a defamation lawsuit, start by consulting an experienced defamation attorney who can assess the strength of your case. Once you have your initial consultation, they will help you gather evidence to prove the false statement, its publication to a third party, and the resulting harm to your reputation.

    Your attorney will then draft a complaint, which outlines your claims and demands for damages. After filing the complaint, the defendant will be served with legal notice, and the case will proceed through various stages, including discovery, potential settlement negotiations, and ultimately, a trial if necessary.

    Successfully suing for defamation requires careful preparation, a strong case, and skilled legal representation to protect your reputation and seek appropriate remedies.

  • How to Sue for Defamation of Character

    Has someone attached your reputation? If you believe you were the victim of defamatory comments, here’s how to take action. In addition, contact Buckingham’s defamation team today for a consultation.

Meet Our Defamation Attorney Team

At Buckingham, our team of expert defamation lawyers understand, consider, and work to protect against potential damages inflicted by a reputation ruined due to false statements. Meet our team of defamation lawyers.

Christina Williams

Associate

Andrew Stebbins

Partner

Our Clients' Success

Defamatory Statements About a Business

An anonymous website made false and defamatory statements about our client and his business. We initiated a lawsuit in California state court to unmask the anonymous creator of the website. After the identification was made, we defeated an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a client who was the subject of the website. Through our efforts, the website has been permanently deleted from the Internet.

Social Media Impersonation and Harassment

Represented a client who was constantly harassed online. The harasser was impersonating our client on Twitter to message professional connections with the intent to damage our client’s reputation. We initiated a lawsuit to unmask the harasser, traced the location to the United Kingdom, partnered with a U.K. law firm to file a lawsuit against the harasser, and obtained a significant judgment against the harasser.

Illegitimate Google Reviews

Represented a client who had 150+ fake Google reviews posted to his business page. We initiated a lawsuit to identify the perpetrator and were able to track the reviews back to a competitor. Obtained a judgment against the competitor and were able to get the reviews removed to improve the client’s Google rating.

Non-Consensual Pornography

Our team of defamation attorneys represented a client who fell victim to private video being posted to over 30 illicit websites - without their consent. We issued various takedown requests and got all traces of the video removed from the Internet.

Remove Negative News Articles

Represented a client who had an embarrassing news story posted to 10+ local and national news websites. Contacted the various editors and managers of the news publications and were able to get all of the articles removed from the internet and client’s search results.

Articles and Resources

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