The law of defamation dates back to the Ten Commandments: “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Today, in Florida, the “personal interest in one’s own good name and reputation surpasses economics, business practices or money. It is a fundamental part of personhood, of individual standing and one’s sense of worth.” Lawnwood Med. Ctr., Inc. v. Sadow, 43 So. 3d 710, 729 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010). In fact, Florida law provides an “unusually high protection of personal reputation,” and the “history of Florida law makes clear that that liability alone for intentionally malicious defamation per se will support substantial punishment in punitive damages.”
We have prosecuted and defended defamation actions on behalf of both individuals and multi-national companies.