Libel & First Amendment

In today's society, the ease of access to information and news has kept defamation, particularly libel, in the spotlight more so now than ever. Defamation, in its most general terms, is the false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another. Libel specifically is defamation by the use of print, writing, pictures, or signs.

In Florida, defamation of a private person requires proof of three distinct elements: 1) that the publication be of and concerning that private person; 2) without reasonable care as to the truth or falsity of those statements; and 3) such defamation results in actual damages to that private person3. Bromagen, Rathet, Klee & Smith, P.A. has successfully defended defamation cases in Florida.