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Whois Inaccuracy Complaints Can Lead to Domain Cancellations, Deletion of Defamatory Websites

Many of the internet defamation attacks regularly discussed on our blog are published on well-established, high-ranking websites such as Ripoff Report, Pissed Consumer or mainstream social media platforms.  Oftentimes, however, bad actors will go as far as registering new domains solely to disparage another party or parties on their own...

Australian Court: Google Liable as Secondary Publisher in Internet Defamation Case

Last week, Justice Malcom Blue of the Supreme Court of South Australia ordered Google to pay $100,000 (AUD) in damages (plus interest) in a landmark internet defamation case. Several weeks earlier, the Supreme Court of South Australia handed down an unprecedented judgment against Google in a multi-year legal battle that...

How Businesses Can Protect Their Executives From Online Reputation Attacks

Businesses are incredibly vulnerable to online reputation attacks.  Virtually anyone with a motive can seriously harm a business’s reputation online.  This issue has been previously framed from a company perspective.  What has not been discussed as much is how company executives are also quite susceptible to being attacked online, and...

Online Reviews: Ten Things You Should Know

Whether you like them or not, it is hard to ignore online reviews. For many businesses, online review pages and ratings are displayed prominently in Google and Bing searches. And many brick and mortar retail stores have “People Love Us on Yelp” stickers displayed on their doors or windows. Speaking...

FTC Sues Company Seeking to Prevent Customers’ Negative Online Reviews

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit in the Middle District of Florida against two companies and their principals over a “gag” clause aimed at preventing negative reviews. On Sept. 24, 2015, the FTC filed a complaint for permanent injunction and other equitable relief against Roca Labs, Inc.,...

Controversial People-Rating App, Peeple, Prepares for Launch

A new app expected to launch in November is generating a lot of mostly negative buzz following a recent story published in The Washington Post. In fact, the headline of that very article refers to the forthcoming app, Peeple, as “terrifying.” Peeple, according to the article, is described as “basically Yelp,...

Six-figure Judgment Entered Against Rapper in Instagram Case

Internet defamation is generally seen in the context of false statements published on actual websites or in emails. But online defamation also occurs through social media apps – and Instagram is no exception. Back in the spring, we wrote about the issue of Instagram defamation and how to remove defamatory...

Google, the United States and the EU ‘Right to Be Forgotten’: Strategies for Removing Harmful Google Search Results

In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that individuals have the right to ask Google to remove certain search results about them.  This “Right to Be Forgotten,” as it is popularly known, has led to nearly 290,000 removal requests and counting, with Google evaluating well over...

Video: Things to Consider Before Filing an Internet Defamation Lawsuit

There are several key issues and factors to consider before filing an internet defamation lawsuit. In the Vorys online reputation and brand protection group’s second video, Whitney Gibson identifies and discusses a few of the most important considerations. Among the highlights, Gibson discusses the need to consider whether an anti-SLAPP (or...

Supreme Court Rules in Threatening Facebook ‘Rap Lyrics’ Case Elonis v. United States

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man previously convicted for posting a series of Facebook posts appearing to threaten his now-ex wife and others.  The high court ruled in Elonis v. United States that it was not enough to convict Elonis without consideration...