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Requirements for mounting a libel or defamation suit

Your reputation may seem like it doesn't carry too much weight — that is, until someone else says something to tarnish it. It is difficult to know how to respond when someone is dragging your name through the mud, because some types of response will only make matters worse, while doing nothing at all is usually not helpful either. If you have concerns about defending your name, you can consult with an attorney to determine whether your circumstances justify a libel or defamation suit.

Explaining what qualifies as a tort

Have you ever wondered what a tort is? It is a commonly used term in the legal world that not many people truly understand. A tort is defined as a personal injury that was the cause of a civil mistake, not a criminal wrongdoing. Here is a brief explanation of what qualifies as a tort in Arizona.

What are the elements of a defamation claim?

We all have a reputation, and most of us rely economically on having a good one. For example, it doesn't matter if you're a dishwasher or a corporate executive. If someone says something untrue about you -- particularly if it paints you in a bad light or makes you look like a bad person -- you could lose your job. Because defamation has the power to destroy your life and your career, it's unlawful.

  • MCBA | Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • ABA | American bar Association | Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Oregon State bar
  • NACBA | National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • NACA | National Association of Consumer Advocates
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