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 […]

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 […]

What Damages Are Recoverable In A Defamation of Character Claim?

| September 16, 2015

Last Update: 11/3/16 Defamation of character can in two ways; either libel (written) or slander (verbal). Defamation involves “a false and defamatory statement concerning another.” Thomas v. Jacksonville Tel., Inc., 699 So.2d 800 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997). Defamation are words that are said or written in a way that the listener or reader believes them to be […]

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: 01/18/16 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, including substantive laws (negligence, premises liability, negligent security, etc.) and also procedural laws which govern how the case moves from first being filed in […]

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 […]

Defamation Claims (Libel, Slander) Appear to be Rising: Defamation Lawsuits in the News This Week

| June 13, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 Defamation lawsuits (libel and slander claims) seem to be on the rise recently, with injured parties seeking big money damages. Here are a few examples of defamation cases making the news today: 1. Casey Anthony Sued for Defamation by Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk  The latest in the two Florida defamation lawsuits […]