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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...

Removing Defamatory Statements From the Internet Using a Court Order

Most businesses and professionals defamed on the internet simply want the false content removed. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to obtain removal, one of which is through a court order. Websites and other entities do not want to be tasked with having to weigh the facts of any...

Best Practices, Worst Practices for Responding to Internet Defamation

There are a number of ways in which one can respond to internet defamation. There are also a number of ways not to respond. Below is an overview of some different response options that affected parties should and should not consider. How not to respond to online defamation We have...

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...

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 –...

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...

Revenge Porn Site Operator Sentenced to 18 years in Calif. County Jail for Identity Theft, Extortion

Former revenge porn website operator Kevin Bollaert, previously found guilty of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion, was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Friday. As stated in our February post, California passed an “anti-revenge porn” law in October 2013, which penalizes revenge porn offenders...

How to Remove Harmful YouTube Videos, Including Infringing and Defamatory Content

When someone posts a harmful YouTube video about another person or organization, not only can this cause significant harm in and of itself, but it can also be difficult for the subject of the video to get it taken down.  Short of convincing the poster of the video to simply...

Six Things Businesses Should Consider Before Filing Internet Defamation Claims

Even the best businesses cannot always keep every customer, employee, business partner, or other party happy at all times.  Unfortunately, in this day and age, many of these disgruntled parties will choose to take their complaints public by posting disparaging information or content about a company online, which can cause...