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Video: Things to Consider Before Filing an Internet Defamation Lawsuit

There are several key issues and factors to consider before filing an internet defamation lawsuit. In the Vorys online reputation and brand protection group’s second video, Whitney Gibson identifies and discusses a few of the most important considerations. Among the highlights, Gibson discusses the need to consider whether an anti-SLAPP (or...

Video: Protecting Your Business’s Reputation Online

Vorys’ online reputation and brand protection group has launched a new YouTube channel: VorysInternetLaw. The group plans to publish new videos every two weeks. In the first video, partner Whitney Gibson — who leads Vorys’ online reputation and protection group — discusses four common issues businesses frequently face on the internet: Internet...

Pa. Businessman Rich Gorman Wins More Than $3 Million in Damages in Internet Defamation Case

As an experienced internet marketer who found success in the online reputation management industry, Rich Gorman was already well aware of the damage that can be caused by internet defamation.  Then, Gorman said, he became the victim of a series of online reputation attacks himself. Well over a year after...

Gibson to Lead Upcoming Clear Law Institute Webinars

Whitney Gibson will be leading two June webinars through the Clear Law Institute. First, on Tuesday, June 2 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. ET, Gibson will lead “Protecting Against, Preventing, and Planning for Online Reputation Attacks.” Then, on Wednesday, June 24 from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET, Gibson will lead...

How to Remove False and Defamatory Pissed Consumer Reviews

Pissed Consumer – branded as a “premier consumer advocacy group” – is home to countless online reviews and complaints about businesses across dozens of industries.  For many small- and medium-sized businesses, false and defamatory reviews on Pissed Consumer can be quite harmful. Fortunately for these businesses and business owners, Pissed Consumer...

How to Remove False and Defamatory Google Reviews

When running a search of a business on Google, chances are that an aggregate star rating (on a 5.0 scale) and a listing of Google Reviews will appear high up in the search results.  While Google Reviews may not yet have the widespread appeal of Yelp, they are gaining in popularity...

How to Remove a Defamatory Blog Post or Website

Disgruntled parties are initiating online reputation and brand attacks on a number of internet forums.  This includes people publishing false and defamatory blog posts. This typically involves them creating a free blog through Google, WordPress or another easy-to-use blog-publishing platform for the sole purpose of disparaging other parties. Businesses and individuals...

Central Florida Apartment Complex’s Anti-Negative Review Policy Backfires

For anyone looking for a place to stay – whether a hotel or an apartment complex – there is no question that, second to price, peer reviews are very important.   Hotels and apartment complexes are well aware of this too and, naturally, their owners and members of management are concerned...

How to Remove False, Defamatory Complaints.com Posts

Businesses have a lot to gain from positive online reviews.  Even a business that has overall strong reviews, however, can suffer if a disgruntled person publishes a false and defamatory post.  Complaints.com is one website where businesses can become victims of internet defamation, and the website’s header – which reads “CONSUMERS...

False Competitor Reviews: John Doe Lawsuits & False Advertising Claims

There is no denying that online reviews are important for businesses.  After all, customers regularly search them out and are increasingly relying them. According to a 2014 survey of 2,104 consumers, SEO expert BrightLocal found that 88 percent of the respondents had read online reviews for local businesses and 88...