Defamation occurs when someone falsely issues a statement about another person which is published. This could be in person, online, on social media, or in print. In Queensland, any court proceedings for defamation must be commenced within one year of the publication (unless the court grants an extension in certain circumstances).
You do not have to suffer any actual "harm" to be defamed and are able to issue proceedings purely because you have been defamed and to cover any hurt feelings.
It is essential that you are aware of what options are available to you if you have been defamed, and what is the best resolution for your circumstances. We can help you seek public apologies for defamatory statements made against you, remove defamatory statements from social media, negotiate a resolution with the person who made the statement, issue proceedings on your behalf for damages and/or take steps to prevent other people from repeating the defamatory statements.
If you have been accused of making a defamatory statement, we can assist you prepare an appropriate response and advise you on any defences you may have. This includes responding to a Concerns Notice and formally defending any defamation court proceedings commenced against you.
We can help you:
Negotiate with third parties to seek an apology for the defamatory statements.
Prosecute or defend defamation proceedings on your behalf.
Review documents or press releases prior to publication to provide advice about whether the publication may be defamatory.
If you believe you have been defamed or you are being sued for defamation, please contact our experienced team.