A former employee or a rival business has been starting rumors, ruining your business’ reputation. You’ve been losing customers – and even lucrative business deals – through no fault of your own. What can you do?
You may have a business litigation case of defamation.
What is Defamation?
Defamation generally takes two forms: slander and libel.
Slander is oral, or spoken, defamation – when someone lies with the intent of hurting you or your business.
Libel is defamation in written form, which can reach a larger audience. Libel’s definition may also include radio or television broadcasts for the same reason.
Slander and libel may include any untrue and/or malicious statement, such as implying criminal activity. Your business might be the victim of false, negative charges in a letter to the editor of a local newspaper. Or it could take place in a private letter or conversation.
With the advent of internet forums and other forms of social media, it’s easier than ever to be a victim of defamation. Whichever form it takes, defamation can harm your reputation – and your business.
When You Believe You’re a Victim of Business Defamation
Business defamation falls under the category of business tort law.
If you believe your business has suffered because of defamation, the best thing to do is to seek legal help. The Augusta law firm of Fred M. Kennedy, P.C. has been representing Georgia businesses in legal disputes since 1977.
Posted on behalf of Fred M. Kennedy, P.C.