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Duffy & Young has handled numerous cases wherein defendants have paid handsomely for the damage to a victim’s reputation. Our lawyers have defended defamation cases as well, ending cases after helping to show that the negative statements our client made about the plaintiff were, in fact, true. 

Defamation: Proving Your Case

A claim for defamation allows an individual or business to recover money damages for injury to his or her reputation that results from of the communication of a false statement by a defendant.  To prove that you have been defamed, you must demonstrate: 1) an untrue statement of fact; 2) published to a third party; and 3) caused injury to you or your business’s reputation. 

The Truth is the Best Defense

The truth of a statement is an absolute defense to an action for defamation.  Just because Dave says that Jane doesn’t pay her taxes does not, alone, mean that Jane can win a defamation claim against Dave.  If Dave’s statement is and true, South Carolina law provides Dave a complete defense to Jane’s claim that Dave defamed her—even if Dave made the statement about Jane for an improper purpose.  

Publication to a Third Party

A statement is considered “published” when it is shared with others.  Defamatory statements take two forms depending on how they are published:  libel and slander.  A claim for libel consists of the publication of an untrue statement by written or printed words.  Examples of libel include publication of a defamatory statement in a newspaper, on a flyer posted in a public space or in an email.  Slander, on the other hand, is spoken defamation and publication is accomplished simply by saying the defamatory statement aloud to a third party. 

Internet Defamation

In the age of social media, anyone can share information with millions of people with the simple click of a “Post” button.  As it becomes more common for people to engage in online commentary, there is an increasing likelihood that a defamatory statement will reach a broader audience. When a falsehood about you or your business is posted online, you may have an actionable defamation claim.

Help in Your Defamation Case

Did a spoken or printed falsehood have an impact on you or your business? Give Duffy & Young a call to talk through key legal issues related to defamation lawsuits.

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Julie Moore

Julie is a trial attorney who represents clients in courtrooms across South Carolina. She advocates for individuals and small business who have been treated unfairly - including families who've lost a loved one in wrongful death claims, consumers in product defect cases, patients who have been injured due to medical malpractice, and individuals and businesses who have been treated unfairly or been the victims of fraud.


  • JD, University of South Carolina
  • BA, University of South Carolina