Tulsa Slander & Libel Attorneys
Experienced Defamation Lawyers Fighting for You
There is a children’s rhyme that reads, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” The rhyme is intended to help children brush off the insults of others. Unfortunately, names can hurt us as adults, as a person’s name, or reputation and character can sometimes mean the difference between success and failure as a businessperson. If you are a prominent person in your community, it is imperative that your reputation remain untainted, as there are likely many businesses and individuals that depend on your good character.
If you or your business has been negatively impacted by libel, slander or other defamation, you may be entitled to pursue damages through a lawsuit. The exceptional Tulsa defamation attorneys at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux have the knowledge and experience to defend your reputation in a court of law in Oklahoma.
For dedicated counsel in your defamation case, contact our firm at (918) 347-6456.
What is Defamation?
“Defamation” is a broad term used to describe any statement that damages a person’s reputation. Defamation in writing is referred to as “libel,” whereas verbal defamation is called “slander.” Although defamation is not a crime, it is seen as a “tort,” which is a civil wrong, rather than a criminal wrong. A person who has been defamed has the ability to sue the person who did the defaming.
The laws surrounding defamation are intended to balance competing interests. First off, people should not wreck the lives of others by spreading lies about them; however, people should also have the freedom to speak freely without fear of litigation over every insult, disagreement, or mistake. Differences of opinion in political and social arenas are vital in a free society, and it’s evident that not all people hold identical opinions or beliefs.
When someone harms your reputation by lying, you have a right to seek justice. Call (918) 347-6456 today to learn how we can help.
What You Need to Prove in a Defamation Case
State by state, the law of defamation may vary, but there are generally a handful of rules that typically apply. If you feel someone has “defamed” you, you must prove that the statement is all of the following:
- Published – This means a third party must have encountered the statement. Published doesn’t only refer to written statements, but also to verbal statements made through the media via television or radio or other broadcasted means.
- False - Like it or not, a true statement cannot be considered defaming. No matter how ugly, demeaning or hurtful a statement is, if it is true you cannot go after a person by legal means for making it public. Only statements that are untrue can be considered damaging. You must prove the statement is false.
- Injurious – The intent of defamation law is to repay people for financial losses suffered by the damage to their reputation. Therefore, you and your skilled attorney must show that you have actually been injured, or suffered losses as a result of the damage to your reputation caused by the libel or slander.
- Unprivileged – An unprivileged statement would be one made by a person who is not being asked to testify or provide a statement in an official manner, such as testifying in court. This means the person made the statement of his or her own free will, likely with the intent of causing damage and injury to the person about whom he or she was speaking. Another word to describe unprivileged might be unprotected.
Oklahoma Defamation Attorneys
When you have a reputation to defend, you only want to work with a firm that is very successful and has its own reputation for excellence, due to your own need to defend your name. Richardson Richardson Boudreaux is that firm. As the largest plaintiffs’ law firm in the state of Oklahoma, we have the relationships, financial support, and status to secure the services of experts that will bring the best recovery to you.
Take action to protect your name and reputation. Call today to schedule your free case consultation.