Defamation Law Attorney

Tempe Legal Assistance for Your Defamation Law Cases

Have you been the victim of defamation? If so, you know how damaging it can be to your reputation, career, and relationships. Defamation can be a very personal and emotional experience, and it can be difficult to know what to do.

The Sorenson Law Firm understands the pain and frustration that victims of defamation experience. We are here to help you protect your rights and to get the justice you deserve. With a client-centered approach and an impressive track record in handling defamation cases, we provide strategic counsel, skilful negotiations, and tenacious courtroom advocacy, all geared towards reclaiming our clients’ names, honor, and peace of mind.

Defamation Law in Tempe, Arizona:

Defamation refers to making false statements about someone that harm their reputation. These false statements can be spoken words (slander) or written statements (libel). In the digital age, with the prevalence of social media and online platforms, defamation cases have become more complex and require an experienced legal approach.

Types of Defamation:

  • Slander: Slander is spoken defamation. It can be any false statement that harms someone’s reputation. It may include making false allegations about someone during a public speech, spreading hurtful rumors about them in a conversation, or defamatory statements in a broadcast interview. For example, if someone says you are a thief, that is slander.

Libel: Libel is written defamation that is published in a permanent form. It can be any false statement that harms someone’s reputation. For example, a false accusation published in a newspaper article or a defamatory statement shared on social media platforms. If someone writes on any social media post that says you are a fraud, that is libel.

    The Difference Between Slander and Libel

    • The main distinction between slander and libel lies in the form of communication. Slander involves spoken words, whereas libel pertains to written or published content. 
    • The other difference is slander is generally harder to prove than libel because it is more difficult to prove a false statement that was actually spoken.

    How Does Defamation Impact Individuals?

    Defamation can have severe consequences for individuals. It damages their reputation and affects their personal and professional life. People facing defamation may experience social isolation, loss of employment opportunities, and emotional distress. In some cases, it can even lead to long-term financial hardship. Therefore, it is crucial to address defamation cases promptly and with the guidance of experienced legal professionals.

    Elements of a defamation claim:

    • The statement must be false.
    • The statement must be defamatory.
    • The statement must be published to a third party.
    • The statement has hurt the plaintiff’s reputation and caused them to lose credibility.

    Remedies for defamation:

    • Damages for the harm to the plaintiff’s reputation.
    • Injunctions to prevent the defendant from repeating the defamatory statement.
    • If the defendant acted maliciously, they should be liable for punitive damages.

    Legal Services for Defamation Cases

    You may have legal recourse if you have been the victim of defamation. An attorney can help you to file a lawsuit and recover damages. The Sorenson Law Firm has a team of experienced defamation attorneys who can help you to protect your rights. Our services include:

    1. Case Evaluation: Thoroughly assess your situation to determine the strength of your defamation claim and potential legal strategies.
    2. Investigation: Conduct a detailed investigation to gather evidence and support your case.
    3. Negotiation: Attempting mediation and negotiation to resolve the matter amicably.
    4. Litigation: Representing you in court and zealously advocating for your rights if a trial becomes necessary.

    How The Sorenson Law Firm Handles Defamation Lawsuits

    The Sorenson Law Firm has a proven track record of success in defamation cases. We employ a strategic and assertive approach to recover the damages you deserve. We will investigate the facts of your case, gather evidence, and build a strong case. We will also negotiate with the other side to try a settlement. If a settlement does not work, we will take your case to court and fight for justice.

    Forms of Representation

    Our Firm understands that defamation cases require personalized approaches. That’s why we offer a variety of forms of representation to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re an individual, a business, or a public figure, our experienced attorneys are here to protect your interests and fight for justice. 

    Our forms of representation include:

    Individual Representation: 

    Our compassionate attorneys will provide unwavering support as your sole counsel if you face defamatory accusations. We’ll conduct a thorough investigation, gather compelling evidence, and build a robust defense to shield your reputation and restore your peace of mind.

    Business Representation: 

    Our legal team offers strategic counsel and representation for businesses grappling with damaging falsehoods that could harm their brand or financial standing. We’ll vigorously safeguard your company’s reputation and work to minimize any adverse impact on your operations.

    Public Figure Representation: 

    Public figures encounter unique challenges in defamation cases, and we are well-versed in handling their specific needs. With our specialized guidance and advocacy, we’ll fiercely protect your reputation and help you navigate the complexities of these sensitive matters.

    Flexibility in Representation:

    We understand that some clients may already have legal representation or prefer a collaborative approach. In such cases, we are more than willing to work alongside your existing attorney, leveraging our expertise in defamation law to strengthen your defense.

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Representation: 

    Defamation cases can often be resolved through arbitration or mediation, providing a more efficient and less adversarial path to resolution. Our attorneys are well-versed in ADR methods and will skillfully represent you in these forums.

    What is the statute of limitations for defamation in Arizona?

    According to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 12-541(1), a person who has been defamed must file a lawsuit within one year of the date that the defamatory statement was published. The statute of limitations begins to run when the defamatory statement is published. Publication can occur in various ways, including print, online, or in person. 

    There are a few exceptions to the one-year statute of limitations for defamation. For example, if the defamatory statement is made with actual malice, the statute of limitations may be extended to two years. Additionally, if the defamatory statement is made in a public forum, the statute of limitations may be shortened to six months.

    If a person fails to file a defamation lawsuit within the legal time, they will be barred from recovering damages for the defamation. The reason is the law presumes that the person’s claim is stale and that they have not suffered any real harm.

    Can opinions be considered defamatory?

    Generally, opinions are protected under the First Amendment and are not considered defamatory. Opinions are not statements of fact and cannot be proven true or false. However, there are some cases where an opinion can be considered defamatory if it implies the existence of undisclosed defamatory facts.

    For example, if someone says, “I think John is a thief,” this is simply an opinion. However, if the person also says, “I saw John the other night, and he was carrying a bag full of money,” this could be considered defamatory because it implies that John is a thief based on undisclosed facts.

    In other words, an opinion can be considered defamatory if it is based on false or misleading facts. However, if an opinion is based on facts, it is generally protected by the First Amendment.

    Here are some factors that courts consider when determining whether an opinion is defamatory:

    • The context in which the opinion was made. Was the opinion made in a private conversation or a public forum?
    • The language used to express the opinion. Was the language used to indicate that the opinion was just that, an opinion?
    • The audience for the opinion. Was the opinion made to a small group of people or a large audience?
    • The intent of the speaker. Was the speaker trying to harm the reputation of the person they were talking about?

    If you are concerned that an opinion may have slandered you, You can consult us to discuss your legal options.

    Defamation can be a devastating experience. It can damage your reputation, your career, and your relationships. If you have been the victim of defamation, you must take action to protect your rights. The Sorenson Law Firm can help you fight back and recover the damages you deserve. We have a successful track record of over 1000+ resolved cases with the proper satisfaction of our clients. Do not worry; We will work tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve.

    Contact us today to schedule a Free consultation. Call us at (480) 585-9700 or reach us online. You can visit our office at 950 West Elliot Road, Suite 226, Tempe, Arizona 85284.

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