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Defamation – Not just for the Rich and Famous

Posted on May 17, 2016

The news that actress Rebel Wilson is to sue Women’s Day Magazine over defamatory remarks is a further example of celebrities taking court action to protect their reputation.  She follows in the footsteps of the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Frankie Boyle and Sean Penn, who have brought proceedings to protect their reputation and seek damages for harm caused.

However, whilst it is these high profile cases that get the press attention, it is not just the rich and famous who are entitled to bring defamation action.  The purpose of defamation laws is to protect reputations.  Defamation is the making of a false statement about someone, which would lower their reputation in the eyes of others.  Businesses or individuals can bring defamation action if they have been the victim of untrue comments, whether written (libel) or verbal (slander).  In an internet age where comments can remain present and visible for a long time it can be an important part of a businesses or individual’s reputation management to ensure there are no untrue comments being published that will damage their reputation.

Proceedings can be expensive, but are only used as a last resort.  Most matters are resolved without the need for a trial.  This could simply involve the removal of the untrue statement, or a retraction and apology.  On-going defamation can often be stopped with a cease and desist letter which is rarely that costly.

We have successfully brought defamation proceedings in the High Court, against newspapers, for defamation online and through social media, in the workplace.  If you feel your reputation, or that of your business are being damaged by untrue statements please do not hesitate to contact our Dispute Resolution Team and we can advise on the best resolution for you. Contact the team on 01702 332 311 or 0207 084 6200

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