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Mugshots: Public Interest Versus Privacy Debate, Removal ‘Extortion’

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear its panel’s decision regarding the release of mugshots under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). At issue is whether the mugshots are simply public record, obtainable through FOIA requests, or if there are inherent privacy interests. Mugshots have been historically viewed...

How to Remove Harassment, Other Harmful Internet and Social Media Postings

Minutes, if not seconds, is all it takes for someone to cause harm to another person on the internet. Whether a single posting on social media or another online forum, or a full-fledged harassment campaign consisting of numerous postings on various platforms, it is extremely easy today to cause damage...

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...

Why Your Business’s Online Reputation Matters and How to Protect It

Executives from top businesses around the world have weighed in. And they have indicated that the top risk for their respective companies is their reputation. In 2013, Deloitte released the results of a survey of 300 top management and board members from across the globe. According to the survey results, reputation...

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.,...

Hyperlink to 2012 Article at Issue in Delaware Internet Defamation Case

The Delaware Court of Chancery is considering an argument that a hyperlink to an allegedly defamatory article, for purposes of overcoming a statute of limitations defense, constitutes republication. In a September 30 opinion, the court denied defendant Vox Media, Inc.’s motion to dismiss. The Court of Chancy held Vox “failed to carry...

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,...

Federal Court Rules Against Ripoff Report in CDA Case

Past victims of false Ripoff Report postings will be pleased with the recent rulings out of the United Stated District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division. In a case in which a Utah-based company and individual sued Xcentric Ventures, LLC – the parent company of Ripoff Report –...

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...

Washington Case Turns on Application of Federal CDA Immunity

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court handed down a favorable ruling in a case turning on the application of the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996 – favorable, that is, for those seeking to hold websites accountable for certain harm arising out of content published on their sites. In a...