In today’s internet age, information can be disseminated to millions of people with a few simple clicks, which means it is more important than ever that the information be truthful and accurate. Unfortunately, things do not always unfold this way. The spread of false, or defamatory, words can ruin a reputation. As Ben Franklin said, “Glass, China and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.” Defamatory statements may negatively and permanently impact one’s business and personal relationships.
The lawyers of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick have successfully tried defamation cases for clients falsely accused of political corruption, theft, infidelity, and other untoward acts and crimes. Unlike most other actions in South Carolina, a lawsuit for defamation must be commenced within two years of the plaintiff’s discovery of the defamatory statement.