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Florida Attorney for Defamation Online

Florida Online Defamation Attorney

Internet Libel and Online Defamation Lawyer Representing Clients in St. Petersburg, FL

There is sometimes a fine line between free speech and defamation on the Internet. In the age of social media, this line is becoming more blurred with each passing day. Online defamation can severely harm the reputation of the individual or organization at which it is aimed. If you are on either side of an Internet defamation dispute, it is important to have a strong cyber law attorney by your side to aggressively advocate for your best interests.

At Nelson Cyber Law, we have in-depth knowledge of the laws regarding defamation online. Attorney John Nelson has both a legal and technological background, and he works tirelessly to stay abreast of all of the latest developments in the ever-evolving field of Internet law. He works closely with his clients to give them the skilled and personalized representation that they deserve.

Defamation Online is a Growing Problem

Because of the Internet's nature and relative ease with which users can preserve their anonymity, there is an increasing number of online defamation cases. Social media has also contributed to this problem, with growing numbers of cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying cases.

Defamation online against well-known individuals and businesses has become an industry in and of itself. It takes very little effort for tech-savvy defamers to leave multiple negative reviews about a business, or even put up a "gripe site" that is dedicated to lodging complaints against a person or organization.

In general, to prove Internet defamation, the plaintiff must show the following:

  • The statement is about the plaintiff;
  • The defendant "published" the statement (that is, communicated it to a third party);
  • The statement is false and the defendant is at fault; and
  • The statement harmed the plaintiff.

To claim damages, a defamatory statement typically needs to cause some sort of material harm. Examples may include a decline in sales, lower stock prices, and lost wages. However, there is no need to show material harm if the statement maliciously states or implies the plaintiff is engaging in criminal activity, has a terminal disease, or is behaving in some way unbecoming of their profession (this is defamation "per se"). Finally, it is more difficult for a plaintiff to prevail if they are considered a public figure, or if the defendant is considered a "media defendant" (such as journalists or bloggers).

Tampa Florida Defamation Attorney Standing Up for You

Nelson Cyber Law understands that online defamation cases require an extensive understanding of the Internet, knowing what types of forensic evidence can be obtained from websites, where and how to look for electronic evidence, and how to put together and execute an effective strategy to locate individuals who do not want to be located.

Attorney John Nelson puts his unique legal and technical skillset to work to strongly position clients for a favorable outcome. He offers reasonable rates and provides a free, initial 30-minute consultation to assess your case. To set up your personalized consultation, contact us today at 1-800-440-5536.

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