What to do when lies go too far
Luckily we live in a country that protects free speech and people love to give their opinions voice on everything from Twitter to Yelp. What many forget is that free speech does not give you the right to lie about a third party in a way that causes damage. When you do that you start to stray into the area of Defamation. It is illegal for you to do it to an individual or a company.
If you have someone damaging your company's reputation by spreading lies then you need to act quickly. A company lives and dies on its reputation so you have to protect it at all costs. Contact one of our Commercial Defamation lawyers today to set up a free consultation. We have years of experience with defending our clients from defamation and we can do the same for you.
How can you tell if you are dealing with Commercial Defamation?
When someone makes false statements about your company or one of your professionals in a way that damages their reputation then you may be dealing with Commercial Defamation. In Georgia, it has to meet these four criteria
- The statements must have been made to a third party
- The statements have to be false
- The statements have to be concerning the professional or business's reputation
- The statements must have been made to the third party as if they were completely true
Depending on the state, there may be other factors involved like malicious intent or actual damages suffered by the victim.
How can one prove that they were not guilty of Commercial Defamation?
If you have been falsely accused of Commercial Defamation then you can use the following defenses:
- You can prove that you had consent from the business or professional to make the statements
- You can prove that the statements you made were true
- You can try to prove that you were just joking or making a parody rather than communicating the statements as true