June 13th, 2022
Bryan Sullivan recently wrote an article for Forbes on the nature of defamation lawsuits in light of the highly publicized defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
In the article, Bryan shares that defamation lawsuits are generally very difficult to win, as the necessary amount of proof required may be difficult to obtain. He also calls attention to significant repercussions that defamation lawsuits can lead to, noting that plaintiffs waive their rights to privacy, as court documents and potentially sensitive information become public knowledge during a suit. Furthermore, Bryan explains that, due to various rules and procedures, some defendants are able to avoid payment even after a guilty verdict.
“Most defamation lawsuits are not worth bringing,” Bryan writes. “However, when the statements are so defamatory that they could bring down a company or ruin a career, and for someone who can afford the cost of such a claim, the risk is worth the reward, whether monetary or not.”
The full article can be found below.