What action can I take if somebody defames me?

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Defamation law is designed to provide protection from false statements that cause reputational damage. If someone defames you, there are steps you can take to address the situation and protect your reputation.

The law applies to both individuals and businesses, protecting their reputation from false statements that harm their character or business reputation.

It is crucial to gather evidence of the defamatory statements, such as screenshots, recordings, or witness testimonies. This evidence will support your case and strengthen your position.

Consult with a lawyer who specialises in dispute resolution. They will provide you with expert advice on the strength of your case, potential legal options, and the best course of action to take.

The law requires a pre-litigation process before commencing legal proceedings. This involves issuing a concerns notice to the person responsible for the defamation, outlining the statements that are defamatory and requesting an apology or retraction.

If the matter is not resolved through this initial process, you may consider filing a defamation claim in court. However, it is important to note that defamation laws can be complex and vary between states and territories.

Geelong Legal can assist you in navigating the complexities of defamation law. Our Geelong lawyers work closely with our clients to ensure their reputations are protected, and appropriate remedies are sought where necessary.

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