Words have consequences
Some people think they can say whatever they want and not face consequences. Those people are wrong. Whether posted online or spoken in a boardroom, false and defamatory statements can cause reputational harm in the form of a lost job or business opportunity, or even the respect of loved ones or friends.
Your reputation is important. And, you have precious little time to seek legal help when someone defames you with a libelous or slanderous statement. Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-54 , a person suffering reputational harm only has one-year from the time the statement is made to make a claim. But the consequences can often have a lifetime effect. A person only has one reputation. That’s something worth protecting.