Protecting Your Business's Reputation From Defamation

At Mehalko and Moghul PLLC, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to defend Virginia businesses facing defamation, whether spoken, written, broadcast or disseminated in any other form.

Defamation is one of the most misunderstood areas of law. Just because someone says something bad about you does not mean it was libel or slander.

Simply put, a defamatory statement is a false statement that exposes the defamed person to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, humiliation, embarrassment or disgrace.

Generally speaking, in order to have a defamation case you must show the statement was published, actionable and intentional. Though in some cases you may have to prove additional elements such as that the statement was objectively false, and that the defendant knew it was false or was negligent in not determining the facts.

There are several types of defamation that affect Virginia businesses, some of which are outlined below:

Media defamation: Oftentimes the media publishes untrue and defamatory statements which cause irreparable damage to individuals and businesses. Under the First Amendment, the media has powerful defenses to defamation claims. If you were the target of a defamatory statement by a news organization, magazine or other media publication, it is best to work closely with an experienced law firm to get results.

Defamation from current or former employees: Disgruntled employees may reveal untrue and damaging statements about your business in an attempt to sabotage its reputation. These cases become even more destructive when multiple employees coordinate an attack on your business. Our firm thoroughly presents your case to reveal the truth and the malicious intent of these other parties.

Defamation on social media: One of the biggest mediums to publish libel is through the internet and social media. While statements on social media are often not classified as defamation, we thoroughly investigate social media defamation cases just as we do any other defamation claim. In these instances, it is best to preserve as much evidence as possible to show the validity and impact of the defamatory statement.

Offensive statements and pure opinions do not count as defamation. If someone states their opinion and you are offended, you still do not have a defamation claim. To determine whether or not you have a claim for your unique case, schedule a consultation with an experienced defamation lawyer.

We Stand By Your Business

When it comes to your business's reputation and brand, we take our work very seriously. Our clients rely on us to safeguard the reputation they have worked tirelessly to build.

To discuss your unique case and determine whether or not you have a defamation claim, call our Vienna office at 571-732-0764 or reach out online to set up your first consultation.