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Teachers, Professors and Defamatory Reviews Online

On May 22, The Janesville Gazette (Wisc.) ran a story about Sally Vogl-Bauer, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor, suing a former graduate student over allegedly defamatory statements published online. Vogl-Bauer contends the former student made false statements through YouTube, Blogger.com and TeacherComplaints.com about her treatment of the student. According to court...

The Communications Decency Act and ‘TheDirty’

We have touched on the Communications Decency Act of 1996 almost in passing in other posts, but that does not do justice to this federal law and its significance to the internet and online speech. In fact, without 47 U.S.C. § 230, this blog (and our practice) would be drastically...

Top European Court: Google Must Delete ‘Irrelevant’ Links Upon Requests From Users

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that, in certain cases, Google must honor user requests to delete links to personal information that are irrelevant or not in the public’s interest. The ruling came in a case involving a Spanish man that complained in 2010 that a Google...

Positive Reviews are Critical to Success of Hotels

Like other businesses, hotels can suffer from a sampling bias when it comes to online reviews: review pages may not be representative of actual customer bases and a disparaging review can carry significant weight. A recent study published in the Aug. 2013 edition of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly (“CQ”), however,...