Tennessee Defamation Attorney

"The right of a man to the protection of his own reputation from unjustified invasion and wrongful hurt reflects no more than our basic concept of the essential dignity and worth of every human being-a concept at the root of any decent system of ordered liberty."

- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart (con. op., Rosenblatt v. Baer, 383 U.S. 75)

It takes years to build a respectable reputation for yourself and/or your business. However, it only takes seconds for someone to tear it down. When an individual tells a destructive lie about you to others that degrades your reputation, for instance by falsely stating that you have committed crimes in the past, you can easily lose all the benefits of your hard work plus future earnings that come along with having built a solid reputation. When you are defamed, you are entitled to relief in the form of monetary damages to recompense you for the financial losses you have sustained as a result of the defamatory statement(s) and/or injunctive relief aimed at putting an end to the defamation. We have attorneys in Brentwood who can assist you with these types of claims.

If you believe that you have been defamed by the words of another, call our Brentwood defamation lawyers at 615-490-6020.

Defamation (Slander And Libel)

Libel is the written form of defamation, while slander is the spoken form. The key thing to understand about defamation is that often the statutes of limitations, the amount of time that can elapse following the defamatory statement before litigation must be commenced, is relatively short, especially in the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee — Unlike most other states, Tennessee has different statutes of limitations for slander and libel. The statute of limitations for slander in the state of Tennessee is six months. (Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-103). The statute of limitations for libel in the state of Tennessee is one year. (Tenn. Code Ann. § 18-3-104(a)(1)).

False Light Invasion Of Privacy

In the state of Tennessee even true statements that serve to cast you in a false light or that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, can result in liability. This is because the state of Tennessee recognizes the tort of false light invasion of privacy.

Tennessee — The statute of limitations for a false light invasion of privacy claim based on spoken publicity is six months, while the statute of limitations for a false light invasion of privacy claim based on written publicity is one year. (West v. Media Gen. Convergence, Inc., 53 S.W.3d 640 (Tenn. 2001)).

Defamation And The Internet

The rapid development of technology, especially the internet, has exacerbated the occurrences of defamation and false light invasion of privacy in recent years. For instance, social media has enabled individuals to hide behind the perceived safety of their computer screens in order to viciously attack the reputations of others. However, no immunity is given to those who decide to use technology in order to defame others. Lawsuits can be brought for Internet defamation, and damages can often be much more severe due to the ease of sharing defamatory statements.

Give Cole Law Group, a call at 615-490-6020 in order to learn more about how we can help you receive monetary damages or get injunctive relief for defamation/false light invasion of privacy.