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Protecting Physicians’ Reputations from False Reviews

Among those we frequently assist in the area of internet defamation, the members of one profession in particular are uniquely susceptible to false reviews on the internet: physicians. Physicians are vulnerable to reputation attacks for a number of reasons, and false reviews are especially challenging to physicians because of HIPAA...

Combating False Reviews: Beware of ‘Independent’ Review Website Scheme

When the New York attorney general’s office cracked down on 19 companies in September 2013 for false reviews, it sent a loud and clear message to many businesses. For others, the combined $350,000 in fines might have simply been a wakeup call to get more creative with their deceptive online advertising...

Case Involving Harmful Anonymous Yelp Reviews Headed to Virginia Supreme Court

Small business owners such as Virginia’s Joe Hadeed recognize the free speech rights of individuals to post negative reviews on Yelp.  But, on the heels of his case heading to the Virginia Supreme Court, Hadeed could not help but ask a reporter, “where’s my right to defend my business?” Hadeed’s...

False Review Removal Strategies: How to Deal with Bogus Online Reviews Written by Competitors

All too often, dishonest companies damage their competitors’ reputations online by making a series of false statements on review-based websites. Competitors regularly seek refuge on websites such as Ripoff Report, Pissed Consumer and Yelp. Each of these websites is structured such that users can anonymously publish false (and even defamatory) reviews....

How to Remove Defamatory Reviews from Yelp

Based on third quarter data from 2013, more than one-in-five Yelp reviews earned two or fewer stars on the website’s five-star scale. Of the website’s 47 million reviews, 13 percent earned one-star reviews, while posters gave eight percent two-star reviews. This is not to say that the majority of underwhelming reviews...