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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...

Video: How to Identify Anonymous Internet Posters

Many, if not most, online attacks — including defamation — are carried out anonymously or pseudonymously.  Bad actors typically conceal their identities, whether using aliases and providing fake information to websites or taking greater measures such as masking IP addresses. What many do not realize, in particular those who merely provide...

Court: Defamation Plaintiff Must Provide Evidence to Unmask Unknown Avvo.com Poster

A Washington appellate court offered defamation plaintiffs a friendly reminder last week: if you want to unmask the identity of an unknown internet poster, you better present evidence to back up your defamation claims. In a July 6 opinion, the Court of Appeals of Washington ruled that a Florida attorney...

Google Considers Truth, Accuracy for Search Rankings

Google has been considering a new search ranking algorithm that factors in trustworthiness, according to a report released by the company this past winter.  Forbes.com contributor Daniel Newman recently fleshed this concept out in a June 30 column. From an internet defamation/defamation removal perspective, this potential new way of Google ranking content makes for...

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...