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Defamation lawsuit over billboard ends in substantial settlement

Many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere may often go to great lengths to voice their opinions. In some cases, this may only include statements through various online outlets; in others, a person may wish to take a much bolder approach at defaming another. In a recent defamation lawsuit, a person in another state recently reached a settlement for over $1 million after another party recently took to local billboards to attack others.

According to the lawsuit, the contents of the electronic billboard targeted several individuals, ranging from businessmen to elected officials. Reportedly, these events all began with an announcement of backing for a local recovery center by these individuals. Although the billboards apparently remain operational, one of those attacked has already reached a substantial settlement with a responsible party.

There may be numerous reasons that a person might choose to target another, some of which often include political and professional influences. When one is attacked in such a public manner, he or she could experience a great deal of pain and suffering just because another didn't agree with certain choices. In similar cases, those who are attacked may often be falsely accused of actions or behavior that are unbecoming, and without knowing this person firsthand, others may be influenced by what they see.

When a person's reputation comes under fire under similar circumstances, he or she may often wish to protect important areas of life by pursuing legal recourse, but the process can be complex. By speaking with an attorney, a client in Ohio could obtain guidance on the best course of action to take moving forward. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in pursing compensation through a claim against the party or parties deemed culpable of defamation.

Source: wmur.com, "Defendant in billboard defamation suit settles for over $1 million," Amy Coveno, July 19, 2017

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