Category Archives: Libel and Defamation

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Anonymous Bloggers And The First Amendment: When And How Your Company Can Identify Its John Doe Defendants

By Michelle Sherman The exponential growth of the internet is also seeing an increase in the number of legal actions against “John Doe” defendants. John Doe is really synonymous with an anonymous speaker (blogger), who may be liable for claims such as copyright infringement, trademark infringement, or defamation. Fortunately, there is guidance from the courts … Continue Reading

Before You Hire That Online Reputation Manager, Consider Your Legal Alternatives

By Michelle Sherman “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Think again. No one wants their reputation, the name of their business, or their products dragged through the mud on the Internet. There are now web specialists called “online reputation managers,” who claim to manipulate Internet search results so … Continue Reading

Businesses May Have Some Legal Recourse For Anonymous Smear Campaigns On The Internet

By Michelle Sherman Businesses are using Facebook fan pages and interactive ad campaigns to market their products and services on social media. One sided banner ads are making room for advertising that is more engaged with consumers. With this exchange of information also comes the risk of negative comments being posted that could be damaging … Continue Reading

Bloggers and Web Media Beware: You Can Be Sued For Defamation If You Change A Video Clip And Distort The Speaker’s Original Message

By Michelle Sherman Everywhere we turn, someone is blogging about something. We have come to expect that we will get much of our news through one form of web media or another. Many people subscribe to a certain web sites because the posts are in line with how they view the world. They may want … Continue Reading