At Denton & Denton Attorneys at Law, our lawyers offer straightforward legal counsel and representation. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and available. We have a thorough understanding of Virginia defamation law and are here to help clients use the law to achieve justice. We sue those who make defamatory statements to compensate our clients for—
Since defamation lawsuits in Virginia generally must be filed within one year of the date the statement was first made, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Defamation, also referred to as slander and libel, is a false verbal or written statement of fact injuring someone’s reputation. There is a fine line between what constitutes defamation and what does not. Insults and unfavorable opinions, for example, are not defamation as they are not factual statements. A statement must be factual but false to be defamatory.
The identity of the speaker must be considered when deciding what constitutes defamation. Your boss, for example, has more leeway to criticize you than the man on the street or the media. Public figures have a harder time proving defamation than private individuals because they must prove that the person defaming them knew the statement was false when the statement was made.
Located close to Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach, our practice serves clients throughout Virginia.
Contact our office to discuss whether you have grounds for a defamation lawsuit.
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