What is needed to prove damages in a libel or slander lawsuit?

Asked 12 months ago - Boston, MA

I am part of a professional organization where one member has continued to imply false information regarding my personal character and professional judgment. I have had numerous other members of our professional network question me regarding these claims, all of which is documented by email which was initially "cc'd" to all members of our national organization. Recently, I feel that the false claims made by this individual has had enough of a negative effect on my reputation to result in being passed over for nomination to committee/speaking opportunities within my professional network. I also have emails that document my request for the individual to prove to me his claims and/or recant his statements. Does this warrant a legitimate claim on my part? What could I expect from litigation?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Emma A. Kremer

    Contributor Level 15

    1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . You should really sit down with an attorney to review all the facts and possible claims. Defamation basically requires a showing that a false statement was made about you and made or distributed for third parties to hear and as a result you suffered damages. In certain cases damages are presumed. You may also have claims for interference with business relationships or contract dealings, among others, but without knowing more it's difficult to say exactly what rights or remedies you may have. Litigation can result in cessation of the activities causing you harm, compensatory damages and perhaps punitive damages whether through a trial or settlement. Consult a litigation attorney and go from there. Best of luck.

    Please be sure to mark if you find the answer "helpful" or a "best" answer. (It lets us know how we are doing.)... more
  2. Henry Lebensbaum

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Well written. The is no clear answer, and there is no substitute for consulting with a lawyer



    henry lebensbaum esq 300 Brickstone Sq Ste 201 andover, ma -- attorneylebensbaum@verizon.net (978) 749-3606.
    Criminal Law (all courts), Drunk Driving, Drugs, Violence, Sex Offenses, theft, SORB, Divorce Child Custody Alimony Child Support & Modification, Contempts & Paternity Juveniles Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders, Business Law, Personal Injury, Guardianship, Conservatorship & Estate Administration & Legal Malpractice. For these & other areas, contact me. Email sent may be copied intercepted or held by computers.

    Criminal Law (all misdemeanor & felonies in District and Superior Courts), Drunk Driving and Drug arrests, Sex... more
  3. Christian K. Lassen II

    Pro

    Contributor Level 20

    1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . More information is needed to evaluate. Best bet is to sit down with a local attorney to review the information and your damages.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.

 

Ask now

23,909 answers this week

2,729 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

23,909 answers this week

2,729 attorneys answering

Legal Dictionary

Don't speak legalese? We define thousands of terms in plain English.

Browse our legal dictionary