When To Know if You Have a Defamation Case

March 31, 2014 – In The News
Metro Philadelphia

Michael K. Twersky was quoted in the Metro Philadelphia article, "When To Know if You Have a Defamation Case." Full text can be found in the March 31, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

Whether it’s spoken or written, making a defamatory statement can land people in a big legal mess.

“We all have an image we want to project to the world – and if the defendant has said something to harm that image, there’s a lot of emotion wrapped up in that,” says Michael Twersky. “Anything that affects the impression people have of you is very, very hard to recover from.”

With social media providing a potential larger audience to see or hear defamatory statements, the potential harm caused could be much greater, says Twersky.

“The loss of a job, your best friend won’t talk to you, your girlfriend broke up with you – those are significant harms. And if they can be proven to be tied to the defamatory statement, that increases the damages that could be awarded,” he says.