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What is Defamation?

Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone's words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. With today's technology defamation matters are increasing with the advent of the Internet and social media, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and the likes of social marketing websites such as Yelp!, AVVO and eBay.

Slander, Libel and Defamation Defined

Slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant

Libel is a written or published defamatory statement typically posted on Yelp!, Facebook or Linkedin, etc.

Many potentially defamatory statements are made online or through social media -- such as via Facebook or Linkedin

Defamation Attorney

Michael Devereux is a highly respected attorney in Los Angeles with an emphasis in defamation, slander or libel statements online through social media. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of Internet matters, including defamation on social media makes Mr. Devereux an elite constitutional law attorney. Mr. Devereux started his own firm in 2004 after working for the Cochran Firm, and assisting with the Robert Blake and Michael Jackson defense teams under Thomas Mesereau. As the sole proprietor of Wexford Law, Mr. Devereux has been successfully representing clients for close to 20 years in respect to the Internet and defamation. Former clients, their family and friends repeatedly return to Wexford Law for help in matters involving Internet matters. Mr. Devereux loves prosecuting and defending defamation matters.


There are two main types of defamation: libel, or written defamation, and slander, or verbal defamation. For example, when a potentially defamatory statement is made on the Internet or through social media -- such as via Facebook or Linkedin -- that involves a written posting, and so it is libel.

It's not a black and white issue, but an issue that involves plenty of gray material. The rule of law is that statements of opinion are not statements of fact, and so theoretically are protected from defamation lawsuits. Qualifying a statment by saying I believe or in my opinion doesn't necessarily mean that it's an opinion.

The 1996 Communications Decency Act provides immunity for Internet service providers, thus they are immuned from practically every posting. The exception to the law is if the website edits the postings. Thus it is practically impossible to take down any material without a court order, which is difficult but not impossible to be granted.

Anti-SLAPP laws are intended to prevent people from using courts, and potential threats of a lawsuit, to intimidate people who are exercising their First Amendment rights. Anti-SLAPP provides greater protection for those who have been sued. It's typically a quick ending were the plaintiff has to pay the defendant's attorney fees and court costs in many cases.

Michael Devereux, An Elite Defamation Attorney

Literary millions of individuals have their feelings hurt annually by something that was posted on the Internet through social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, etc. Or through social marketing platforms such as Yelp!, AVVO, eBay, etc. If you believed that you have been defamed, you need more than a lawsuit with one cause of action for defamation. You need to add other causes of action such as invasion of privacy, false light, stalking, unfair competition actions, unfair business practices interference with business, and/or consumer laws to prevent you from paying the other party's fees and costs. If you have been threatened with a lawsuit, don't despair. You may have more rights than you imagined.

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