The article, “Ask an Attorney: How to handle defamatory statements in letters to the editor,” discusses both how to recognize defamatory statements in letters, as well as advice on how to handle them. Mr. Watler gives insight into what defines a defamatory statement.
“For a statement to constitute defamation it must not only injure reputation, but must convey actual facts about the defamed person,” Mr. Watler said. “A statement that expresses only pure opinion, even if it harms reputation, is generally deemed not actionable for defamation.”
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Mr. Watler focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and media litigation. He has been named by Texas Lawyer magazine as the “Go To” lawyer for media litigation in Texas, placing him among an elite group of the state’s top 29 lawyers across all practice areas. Mr. Watler has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, has been named one of the 250 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine; and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters annually since 2003.