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Defamation Attorneys

Protecting our clients' reputations and right to freedom of speech
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Our defamation attorneys represent plaintiffs, defendants ( anonymous or identified ) and third parties in defamation litigation. The lawyers in our firm possess the knowledge and skills from diverse perspectives to represent our defamation ( libel or slander ) clients in an assertive, effective, and efficient manner.

Whether protecting the reputation of a person or company from defamation; protecting the rights of anonymous and known speakers (online and offline) to free speech; whether involving print publication, oral communications, or via the Internet on blogs, websites, social meda, email, and other sources, we possess strategies developed over almost a decade of defamation litigation in Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, Utah, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, and other diverse jurisdictions.

The defamation ( libel slander cybersmear) representation provided by our attorneys and lawyers is described more fully below. Elsewhere on our site, we also provide more information about defamation law in general. In all cases, an attorney will initially discuss your matter at no charge. However, we cannot provide specific defamation related advice until a person - business or individual - becomes a client.

Personalized Approach Not all objectionable statements will constitute defamation or be defamatory. Not all opinion statements will be protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or similar law under state constitutions. For this reason, we treat each situation with individualized attention and provide our clients with a well-reasoned and seasoned perspective. The care, effort and skill we invest on behalf of each client makes our firm unique and well-positioned to represent our clients' interests. Each attorney or lawyer in our firm will provide individualized advice and strategy. Then, we work collectively as a team to provide our individual and business defamation clients with the best representation.

For Victims of False Statements Our defamation attorneys and lawyers have long protected individuals about whom false statements have been made online, in print, and/or through oral communications. Through our practice, our firm has developed strategies to mitigate the harm caused by the statements (including, where possible, the removal of such statements) and pursue available remedies against those who made such false statements. Indeed, every attorney in our firm vigorously protects the reputations of our clients by acting swiftly in attacking false statements and those who have made them. Whether by false statements made orally (slander) or by false statements made in writing (libel) to another person or persons, we have the experience and knowledge to act decisively and quickly to protect our clients interests. We understand the potential embarassment, reputational harm, and economic losses that can arise from defamatory statements made to another individual.

For more information about our litigation involving defamation, please explore descriptions of selected current and past cases.
Protecting Free Speech At the same time, our firm protects our clients who have exercised their right to free speech - whether online, in print, or through oral communications. For those of our clients who have made statements about others and find themselves involved in litigation or the threat of litigation, we respond aggressively to protect their interests and rights. Every lawyer in our firm vigorously protects the First Amendment and state rights of our clients who have been unjustly sued for making (anonymously or not) statements protected by the law.

The First Amendment protects a broad range of speech. Many times, individuals will make statements of opinion or truthful statements to which the subject of the statement objects and chooses to litigate. We have successfully defended a number of individuals in such situations.

Cybersmear or Internet Defamation

Cybersmear has come to be defined as online statements or conduct that tends to defame individuals or entities. Throughout the last seven years, the attorneys in our firm have developed specific, refined knowledge about cybersmear litigation and the particularized techniques employed in such litigation. In particular, our firm has experience in defending anonymous and pseudonoymous online speech, protecting the identities of such individuals, and overcoming aggressive and retaliatory litigation. We have provided summaries of certain past and present cybersmear litigation in which we have been involved.

Mudd Law defends the interests of those who engage in lawful speech anonymously on the Internet.

Where our clients speak anonymously, our firm makes every effort to protect the identity of our clients from being disclosed. Our firm, through Charles Lee Mudd Jr., helped pioneer representing the interests of anonymous speakers online. Our firm represented parties in the Mobilisa v. The Suggestion Box, et al. through which the Mobilisa standard emerged for determining when the identifies of anonymous speakers should be disclosed.
Our firm possesses deep experience and background on these issues unavailable in other firms.

We understand the nuances of John Doe litigation.

John Doe Litigation has come to reference litigation efforts to unmask the identities of anonymous or pseudononymous individuals. Many times, this litigation will file suit against a John Doe or John Does. In such cases, the Plaintiff will obtain leave to initiate discovery in the form of a subpoena directed to an Internet Service Provider ("ISP") to obtain the identity of the individual.
Other times, the litigation or lawsuit will file suit against an Internet Service Provider ("ISP") directly to obtain the identity of the individual through discovery. In both cases, the ISP may provide notice to the subscriber of the pending litigation so the individual subscriber might object and file a motion to quash. Our firm has experience in both forms of litigation.

Our lawyers understand the convergence of defamation and social media. We can react quickly to defamatory statements made by others through social media. We also defend vigorously our clients' rights to free speech.

Social media can give rise to claims of defamation and privacy violations. In fact, given the immediacy of social media transmission, it almost creates more opportunities for inadvertent statements that - right or wrong - can lead to claims of defamation and violations of privacy.

Why Choose Us?

Innovative

Our team works diligently to develop creative solutions to our clients' litigation matters.

Diligent

We work tirelessly on behalf of our clients and their interests.

Communicative

We welcome our clients' communications and involvement in the litigation process.

Strategic

We invest in understanding our clients to combine this knowledge with legal experience to plan strategically.

Dynamic

We can adapt to changing circumstances.