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How to Remove Search Results Linking to False and Defamatory Content

When people want to learn about a product, service, company or professional, they often go straight to the internet. And, unsurprisingly, a large percentage of people are going directly to search engines. According to PwC’s 2015 Total Retail Survey, of the more than 19,000 people the company surveyed worldwide, 56...

Order Requiring Non-Party Yelp to Remove Defamatory Reviews Affirmed by California Appellate Court

A California appellate court recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to require Yelp to remove three defamatory reviews. The First Appellate District did, however, remand the case to the trial court to narrow the terms of the removal order, which ordered Yelp to also remove potential future reviews. The court...

Defamation and Bad Faith Registration, Use of Domain Names Under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)

Most internet defamation occurs on third-party websites, often through false reviews.  However, some people are so intent on disparaging other professionals or companies that they will go as far as creating their own websites, registering carefully selected domain names and publishing content through them that is calculated to cause harm to those...

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...

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,...

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...

Operator of ‘Revenge Porn’ Site Convicted in California

On Jan. 29, 2015 the FTC announced it had banned a Colorado man from operating “revenge porn” websites.  Just days later, on Feb. 2, a man was found guilty in the San Diego County Superior Court on 21 identity theft counts and six extortion counts in an unprecedented California case....

New California Law: Non-Disparagement Clauses Barring Online Reviews are Void, Unenforceable

In August 2014, we wrote about a New York hotel that was slammed online when people learned it was fining wedding parties $500 for negative reviews left by their guests.  On Tuesday, California passed legislation prohibiting businesses from doing something just like that: having customers sign non-disparagement clauses agreeing not...

How to Remove Harmful Craigslist Ads

Craigslist has become an invaluable resource for people in the United States. and across the world to advertise services, sell products and even meet like-minded people. Although a large majority of Craigslist users utilize the classified ads website for legitimate transactions or interactions, some use it to advance their own...