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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...

Removing Internet Defamation From the Internet: Solutions are Fact-Dependent

When it comes to handling internet defamation issues and other online reputation attacks—specifically in terms of removing the content from the internet— the solutions are, in one word: fact-dependent.  There is no other way to describe it. And there is no perfect solution that can be applied to every instance of...

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.,...

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...

Video: Three Steps to Combat Unauthorized Online Sales, Product Diversion

Beyond internet defamation, another leading brand protection issue is unauthorized online sales and product diversion.  Many companies limit through which distribution channels and by whom their products can be sold.  But, as one might predict, these products still often end up being sold online, outside authorized distribution channels, such as on eBay...

How to Remove Defamatory News Articles from the Internet

Negative media coverage has always posed a challenge for businesses and professionals.  Given the current internet landscape and the ability of articles to spread quickly through social media, businesses must be especially active in trying to deal with bad publicity.  A defamatory news article can be readily available online for...

Dallas P.D. Fumbles Arrest News About Brother of the NFL’s Aqib Talib

#BREAKING: Oops. On Sunday morning, Maj. Max Geron tweeted from his official Dallas Police Department Twitter account, @MaxDPD, that NFL cornerback Aqib Talib had been arrested for throwing bottles and causing a disturbance at a Dallas club. The tweet about the 1:45 a.m. arrest was later retweeted by the Department’s...

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...

Internet Defamation Removal and the Known Defamer: How Knowing the Identity of a Defamer Changes the Court Order Technique

Online defamation can significantly harm the reputation of a business or individual, especially when it ranks highly in search engine results. In general, accuracy is irrelevant to search engines.  Search results are typically organized by relevancy and not quality. Thus, false information can spread just as easily, and rank as highly as (or...