Florida Defamation of Character Lawsuits

| November 3, 2016

Sometimes getting justice in Florida for defamation (libel or slander) means having to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. However, not every wrongful statement (spoken or written) warrants the filing of a lawsuit (these cases can be expensive and, even if you win your case, you may not be able to recover […]

Florida Defamation of Character Claims

| October 20, 2016

What is Defamation in Florida? Defamation can be in two forms. The first is libel, which is where someone seriously injures or tarnishes your reputation in writing. The second is slander, which is where someone uses spoken words to harm another person. Together, “libel” and “slander” make-up what is commonly known as defamation of character. […]

Is It Harder To Sue For Defamation In Florida If You Are A Public Figure?

| March 17, 2016

Public figure versus private citizen distinction under Florida law. In Florida, gossiping and spreading rumors, or just saying bad things about someone else can get you sued. If you speak it (slander) or you write it (libel), under Florida law you can be sued for defamation (See Chapter 836 of Florida Statutes). Defamation can happen […]

Can I sue a board member of my association for slander or libel?

| March 1, 2016

In this video, Alan Sackrin answers a question that he has been asked many times before by clients and visitors to this site. If you have questions after watching the video, Alan is available to talk with you now and answer your questions free of charge: Q: Can I sue a board member of my association […]

YELP Online Review Site Is Filing Lawsuits For False Reviews – What About Defamation (Libel) Claims Based on Yelp Reviews?

| October 15, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 Yelp is an online review web site where anyone can post reviews of doctors, lawyers, florists, contractors, etc.. — perhaps you’ve stopped by Yelp to read or post a review. As it turns out, Yelp is finding its name in all sorts of court records as businesses are filing lawsuits against the […]

Defamation (Libel or Slander) Lawsuits in Florida: Can You File a Defamation Claim Against Your Condo or Homeowners Association? – Can You Sue the Association for Libel or Slander?

| September 26, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 Generally speaking, Florida law allows for the filing of a defamation lawsuit if a Condo or Homeowner’s Association (the officers or directors) makes false statements that damage one’s reputation.  The statements can either be libel (written) or slander (spoken). (Read our earlier posts for details on the elements needed to prove a […]

Defamation Claims In Divorce Proceedings or Between Ex-Spouses – Do You Have a Libel or Slander Lawsuit Against Your Ex?

| September 19, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 Divorce cases usually result in raw emotions be exposed.  The parties become more vulnerable as they proceed from the decision to end the marriage to the time when the final divorce judgment has been entered.  In most cases, each spouse is hoping to have the marriage become part of their past as […]

Money Damages Awarded by Florida Juries in Personal Injury Cases: Jury Instructions Established by Florida Supreme Court to Help Jury Calculate Money Amounts for Injury Damages

| September 10, 2013

Last Update: 7/13/17 When someone is seriously injured and a lawsuit is filed to recover compensation for those injuries, one of many Florida personal injury laws will apply to the case. Substantive laws (negligence, premises liability, negligent security, etc.) and procedural laws govern how the case moves from filing to the moment when the jury […]

WILL CHEERLEADER DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST THEDIRTY.COM ALLOW DAMAGES AGAINST OWNERS OF REVIEW SITES (AND OTHER USER-GENERATED WEBSITES) DESPITE CDA 230? MAYBE.

| September 3, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 We’ve posted about the details of a defamation lawsuit under Florida law: claims for libel or for slander in social media or in online publications can be filed by anyone who believes they have been defamed by a third party and seeks damages for that harm. For more on defamation claims and […]

Truth as a Defense in Libel and Slander Social Media Claims: Defendants Need to Know How Florida Defamation Law Applies in Their Situation

| June 20, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 Defamation claims are prosecuted in Florida courts based upon written statements or verbal statements that arguably “defame” someone in some way.  In both libel (written defamation) and slander (spoken defamation) lawsuits in Florida, the plaintiff asks the court to award actual damages (proven expenses resulting from the defamation) as well as punitive […]