What Are Defamation, Slander and Libel?

defamatory statementDefamation is a false statement, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s or business’ reputation.  Slander is the speaking of defamatory words that tend to hurt another in his reputation, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood.  Libel is defined as written defamatory words that tend to hurt another’s reputation, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood. Thus, the difference between libel and slander is whether the words are written or spoken. Continue reading

What Do You Need to Do if You Have Been Sued?

If you have been sued in Florida, there are several things you must do to defend yourself. Carefully review the lawsuit that has been filed against you.  The lawsuit contains allegations.  Determine whether these allegations are true.  You should also determine whether you have insurance coverage that may pay for your defense or the damages related to the lawsuit.  If so, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Continue reading