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 […]

Defamation Per Se: When Libel or Slander Is So Bad, Do You Need Evidence of Damages Before Punitive Damages Can Be Awarded?

| June 6, 2013

Last Update: 3/26/18 Florida, along with the majority of states in this country, recognizes that there are some situations where the libel (a written communication) or slander (a spoken communication) is so bad, so obvious in how it hurts and harms someone, that the injured person need not provide as much evidence, or proof, of […]

Will An Insurance Policy Cover Damages for Libel or Slander? Defamation Claims are Personal Injury Claims That May Not Be Covered By Standard Coverage Policy

| May 30, 2013

Last Update: 02/01/16 One of the key issues in deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit is determining if there are any funds available to pay for a judgment award.  Are there enough non-exempt assets owned by the defendant(s) to warrant the expense in time, money, and emotion that a lawsuit involves?  Is there […]

Florida Anti-SLAPP Act: Libel and Slander Lawsuit Defense Provided by State Law to People Sued for Defamation

| May 24, 2013

Last Update: 11/3/16 When someone is sued in a Florida court for damages based upon libel or slander, there may be a law on the books that blocks their adversary from winning their case: it is the “Citizen Participation in Government Act,” commonly known as Florida’s Anti-SLAPP Law.   Chart: States With Anti-SLAPP Laws Provided […]

Can You Be Sued for an Anonymous Review? Yes. Will They Win? Maybe, Maybe Not.

| May 14, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 Anonymous reviews get posted on the internet all the time — at review sites like and as well as shopping sites like or  No one seems to fret about good reviews: but more and more, there are people filing lawsuits over negative reviews posted online anonymously. Can You […]

Florida Defamation Lawsuits: What are The Defenses to Libel and Slander Claims Seeking Damages Under Florida Law?

| May 7, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 When considering whether or not to file a lawsuit for defamation in the State of Florida, careful consideration must be made about (1) the testimony and documents available to prove the claim under state law, (2) the evidence to prove the damages being sought, as well as (3) the defenses that might […]

Can You Sue for a Bad Review? Libel, Slander, and Defamation Lawsuits for Negative Reviews

| May 2, 2013

Last Update: 01/27/16 You’re in South Florida and someone has given you, your product, your service, or your company a bad review.  Online, where theoretically the entire world can read their opinion since this is, after all, the World Wide Web. Negative reviews can hurt people.  Bad reviews can hurt business. As one writer on […]