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The Johnny Depp Defamation Verdict and How You Can Relate It To Defamation in Michigan


In a recent turn of events, the world witnessed the Johnny Depp defamation trial. After a six-year battle against negative media and losing jobs here and there, Johnny Depp is said to have filed the case to gain his life back.

The Verdict

The verdict in the defamation trial and the rebuttal case filed against Actor Johnny Depp has been issued. Johnny won his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard and it was found that Depp is entitled to $10 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of $5 million. 

The Catch

While Johnny Depp is supposed to receive a total of $15 million, he will only receive $10.35 million because Virginia state law limits punitive damages to $350,000.

What if it happens to you in Michigan?

Defamation in Michigan is defined as a ‘general term for a legal claim involving injury to one’s reputation caused by a false statement of fact and includes both libel (defamation in written or fixed form) and slander (spoken defamation).’

In succeeding articles, we will define defamation as a crime. But, how does it relate to family law practice?

Generally, the crime becomes a family law matter when it is the subject of a divorced proceeding or attributed to parties who used to be married.

In the case of Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, the events of their married life became the crux of the case because Johnny Depp was alleged to have hurt and assaulted Amber Heard during the span of their marriage.

This imputation is defamatory, according to the jury, as it has been proven by clear and convincing evidence that the allegations were false.

If this happens in your marriage, whether it be a domestic violence allegation or any statement that imputes injury against one person and harms one’s reputation, then you can sue for defamation. 

Of course, your case will not be televised nor will it have the same amount of damages but it is well within your rights to sue for defamation if your name is being dragged into the mud.

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Here at Haque Legal, we always have your back. Make sure that on your first free consultation we tell you everything that you need to know about your divorce or custody case as well as the cost and the expenses that would be associated with it.

The consultation is free for the first time because we understand that you need to at least have that guidance coming from a reputable law firm and lawyer to assess your case. If you have concerns about your divorce or custody case and you need a lawyer to handle it you can always contact our law firm and we can talk about your situation and the best way that we can handle it, especially in terms of the expenses.

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If you require a lawyer who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and that the full extent of justice will be used.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

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