Guidance from our Virginia Libel Lawyers
Protecting your rights when untruthful comments are published about you
The consequences of untruthful and harmful words or images that paint you or your business in a bad light can be devastating. The printed word creates a permanent record that can be shared, copied and transmitted numerous times, making the false depiction easy to distribute and difficult to dispel.
The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III was founded in 1980 based on the principles of honesty, integrity and justice — the same values that drive our efforts to hold wrongdoers accountable for their acts of libel against you. Our Virginia Beach attorneys know what it means to have a solid, professional reputation, and we are committed to helping you uphold your good name by demanding that libelous statements be removed, apologies be issued and monetary compensation be paid.
Not all unpleasant information published about a person or company is considered libel. To prevail on a libel claim, you must show that:
- The statement or image was published to at least one other person besides you.
- The statement or image was or could reasonably be taken as fact.
- The information was false.
- The information concerns you.
- The publication of the information caused you harm.
Common defenses to libel include that the statement is true or that it is an expression of opinion, not a verifiable fact. Verbally making untruthful and harmful comments about you is not considered libel, but may be slander. Our Virginia slander attorneys discuss whether you have a cause of action under this alternative type of defamation.
Libel on the Internet
A statement posted on the Internet can spread across the globe within days, or sometimes hours. Whereas this tool allows important news to reach isolated and faraway locations quickly, it also permits libelous information to travel just as far and fast. The Internet also lets perpetrators hide under a cloak of anonymity that requires extensive knowledge about tracing IP addresses to determine who is responsible for the libel. Our lawyers are skilled in conducting the research necessary to identify the originator of a libelous posting.
Learn more about filing a libel lawsuit from our lawyers in Virginia Beach
To learn more about filing a claim of libel, call The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III at 757-215-4818 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.