I started a website and it gained a lot of attention. The website had disclaimer about who owned it and how it was ran. If people wanted they had an option to donate. A reporter with Discovery Networks - posted a blog on websites and social media about me and my family. They harassed me and my family and eventually posted an article full of lies. Calling me the scum of the earth. Scam Artist and much more. I have never been arrested or convicted of running any scam. They said this with complete fact and not an opinion. I'm not a public figure but they wrote like I was. They took the post and all links down after I threatened to sue. But the damages have been done. I have had to shut the website down. Some family won't speak with me based on these lies. I have lost business and been depressed. I'm wondering if I have a case against this company and the blogger that wrote it with their capacity with the company. I have all the proof and evidence of the posts and stuff. Haven't had to deal with something like this ever and not sure if I have a defamatory case or something. Looking for simple advice - chase Discovery Channel for something or let it go?
Cannot advise based on the narrative alone. It sounds like there may be something actionable here. Schedule an appointment with local counsel for an in depth review and consult.
As a lawyer handling a significant number of "defamation" cases, the answer is possibly, though you more likely make have to rely on other angles such as tortious interference in a business relationship etc. The biggest hurdle in such cases ALWAYS is the financial investment in pursing them as the most common difficulty is funding the investigation or litigation expenses. As you may well imagine, VERY few lawyers have a desire to review reams of "emails" and other evidence to see IF there is a case, let alone prosecute one where they have no idea if they will every get compensated for the effort.
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Consult with lawyer immediately with proof of libel (written defamation). You have the burden of establishing that the statements were false and not opinion. Most lawyers will only handle a libel case with an up-front retainer. Intentional interference with a business advantage is another possible cause of action. See an experienced injury lawyer and they can best advise you. Try "find a lawyer".
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