Has someone made written a false statement about you that has caused you harm? Gather the facts and learn how to argue something is libelous.
: Laws vary by state. Always consult an attorney for expert, specific legal advice
Step 1: Show publication Prove that the statement in question was published by getting a copy of the publication.
Step 2: Truth Prove that the statement made is not true. This can be challenging and expensive.
TIP: Opinions, satire, and hyperbole can be used as defenses in a libel suit.
Step 3: Prove damage Prove you have been damaged due to the false statement, such as providing evidence of lost customers or emotional distress.
Step 4: Prove negligence Prove negligence if it involves a private figure. Negligence means a reasonable person would not have published the defamatory statement. If you are a public figure, prove that whoever published the information had full knowledge that it was false or in reckless disregard for the truth.
TIP: In some cases you will need to prove that the publisher had knowledge the statement was false even if you are a private figure.
Step 5: Take them to court Hire a lawyer to collect evidence and present your case in court.
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