Invasion of Privacy, Slander and Defamation
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In Texas, defamation is a common law tort. If false or malicious information was spread about you or your loved one, there may be legal remedies available. False/misleading information can cause victims considerable personal, professional, and financial damages. In these cases, the victim may be entitled to recover damages through a civil lawsuit for libel, slander, defamation, or invasion of their privacy.
Regardless of the specific nature of your case, these are always highly complex legal claims. At DC Law, we represent victims who were damaged because another party knowingly or negligently spread false or malicious information about them. If you are considering taking legal action for slander or defamation, it is imperative that you consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
Invasion of privacy may be a violation of Texas law. In Texas, individuals have a common law right to privacy and the state constitution protects individuals against ‘unreasonable intrusion’. In practice, unlawful invasion of privacy can come in many different forms. For example, if your private moments were published online without your consent— potentially including revenge porn or other similar malicious conduct — you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit to seek compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief.
Defamation occurs when a defendant makes a false statement about a person/entity to a third party and that false statement causes the victim real personal or reputational damage. To hold another person liable for defamation, you must be able to establish that they were negligent in making false statements or that they intentionally spread damaging false information. Defamation can occur through a number of different communication mediums — including verbally and in writing.
Slander is a form of defamation. It is a false, damaging statement that is spoken orally. Under Texas law (Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.002) there is a one-year statute of limitations for all defamation claims, including slander claims. Slander is contrasted with libel, which is defamation that occurs in writing. If you were the victim of libel or slander, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Caveat: In defamation/invasion of privacy claims, the legal standard is different for public figures. It is far more challenging for public figures to prove unlawful invasion of privacy, slander, or defamation. In these cases, the plaintiff must prove ‘actual malice’. In defamation cases, this means that the public figure (plaintiff) must be able to establish that the defendant intentionally spread false, damaging information or that they were grossly negligent in spreading the information. It is a significantly high bar to clear.
We can help. At DC Law, our law firm is committed to protecting the legal rights and financial interests of our clients. No matter the circumstances of your case, we are prepared to help you find the very best solution.
If you were a victim of invasion of privacy, slander, libel, or defamation in Texas, you need an aggressive attorney by your side. For a free, fully confidential review of our case, please do not hesitate to contact our Austin, TX law office at 512-220-1800.