Defamation can involve either written or spoken statements, considered libel and slander, respectively. Both libel and slander require the unprivileged publication to a third party of a false and defamatory statement. Defamation cases tend to be heavily litigated, with defenses typically including a privilege flowing to the alleged defamer, issues with the First Amendment, and questions as to whether the statement constitutes a fact or an opinion.

If you have suffered an injury by virtue of someone having published a false statement about you to a third party, or if you are being accused of publishing such a statement, Van Ness Law Firm is prepared to provide representation. Defamation cases tend to be complex and are subject to strict and varying statutes of limitations.


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