Over the last 10 years, the information available online has exploded and changed the way we live and work. While having all of this information available almost instantaneously can be a wonderful marketing tool and increase the visibility of your business, it can also have a devastating effect on your business when you become the victim of an online defamatory attack.
What is “Defamation”?
“Defamation” is the general term used for false statements that are either spoken (“slander”) or written (“libel”). In general, defamation occurs when a false statement about an individual or entity is communicated to a third party resulting in damages to the victim.
In order to fully understand the unique issues that arise in the context of the Internet, it is appropriate to first provide a brief background of defamation law in the United States and the State of Florida.