Los Angeles Defamation Lawyer

WHAT IS DEFAMATION? Everyone has a right to not have their reputation damaged by false statements.  Defamation is the unprivileged publication of a false statement of fact that injures another’s reputation.  There must be a balance of interests between protecting an individual’s personal reputation and the freedom of speech.  The elements for the cause of action include: False statement about the plaintiff; Publication of the statement to a third person who understands the meaning of the statement; Fault on the part of the defendant (which may be intentional, reckless, or negligent) in regard to falsity; and Actual or presumed damages [...]