There's nothing easy about owning a business. One of the more frustrating things you may encounter is a person or group talking poorly about you or spreading lies. However, at what point is what they're saying against the law? How do you know when to take legal action? You probably have friends and colleagues that have mentioned "slander" or "libel," but what are they and how are they different?
Slander and libel both refer to the communication of false information about a person, a group, or an entity such as a corporation. They are known as defamation and the legal dictionary says that they "harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity." Slander and libel are essentially similar things, but it is how the defamation is spread that determines whether it is a case of slander or libel.
Slander is when a person makes false defamatory statements orally. Libel is when the false defamatory statements are written or printed. Libel is generally easier to prove, as there is more solid evidence that something was printed or written. With the Internet, the line can get blurred between the two a little bit, but an experienced Texas business litigation lawyer will be able to help you out.
Your good name is a key asset in your business. If you are having issues with possible slander or libel, or any time of business-related legal problem, call our national business and commercial litigation law firm for a free consultation at 888-614-7730. Although based in Texas, we serve national and international clients on a contingency fee basis.