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Serving Subpoenas to Unmask the Identities of Website Owners, Domain Registrants

Posted in Defamatory Websites, Identify Anonymous Defamers
When unidentified individuals defame businesses or professionals online, the harmed parties can potentially serve subpoenas on relevant entities for documents containing identifying information about the authors of the online defamation. The way this process often plays out is as follows (noting this is extremely generalized): Party A publishes false and defamatory statements about Party B… Continue Reading

Subpoenas, Court Orders and the ‘Cable Privacy Act’: Identifying Anonymous Online Posters

Posted in Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General, Other Internet Law Issues
We have written about subpoenaing internet service providers (ISPs) for identifying information relating to internet protocol (IP) addresses used by their subscribers.  In that post, we mentioned that securing identifying information from cable operator ISPs generally requires obtaining a court order authorizing disclosure of the subscriber information. To briefly illustrate, say a party serves a… Continue Reading

Utilizing IP Addresses to Subpoena Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Posted in Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General
The majority of online defamation is posted anonymously or pseudonymously. Thus, many cases require issuing subpoenas—including to internet service providers (ISPs)—to identify the unknown posters. This process often involves obtaining internet protocol (IP) addresses from an entity, in response to an initial subpoena; determining the ISPs that own the respective IP addresses produced by the subpoenaed entity; and… Continue Reading

Actor Can Proceed With Twitter Defamation Lawsuit, Likely to Unmask Anonymous Twitter User

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Twitter
Actor James Woods is one step closer to unmasking the identity of the unknown Twitter user he sued for $10 million last summer. Last Monday, Judge Mel Recana of the Los Angeles County Superior Court denied the defendant’s Special Motion to Strike. This allows Woods to proceed with his case against defendant John Doe — Twitter user… Continue Reading

Video: How to Identify Anonymous Internet Posters

Posted in Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General, Videos
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 fake information or no information… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Review Websites
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 failed to provide such evidence… Continue Reading

How to Remove a Defamatory Instagram Post

Posted in Apps, Defamation Removal, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Instagram
Although visual in nature, people are not immune from defamation on the popular photo-sharing app Instagram.  In fact, in 2014 – merits of the respective claims aside – rappers 50 Cent and The Game were each sued in unrelated matters for allegedly tarnishing others’ reputations through Instagram posts.  Instagram – the ninth-most popular app in the… Continue Reading

False Competitor Reviews: John Doe Lawsuits & False Advertising Claims

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Competitor Defamation, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers
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 percent of the consumers also… Continue Reading

Reddit ‘Rarely’ Removes Defamation, Other Harmful or Offensive Speech

Posted in Defamation Removal, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Reddit
If given the opportunity, anyone that has been defamed on Reddit would surely “downvote” the popular website for its policy on defamation removal.  According to Reddit, it is uncommon for administrators of the website – self-branded as “a source for what’s new and popular on the web” – to remove defamatory content. This is consistent… Continue Reading

Subpoenas, Forensic Exams and Cyber Investigation: How to Identify Anonymous or Unknown Internet Posters

Posted in Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General
It is no secret that people are more comfortable publishing harmful statements on the internet when their identities are unknown.  As such, the sources of internet defamation and other online reputation attacks typically publish damaging content anonymously or pseudonymously.  Therefore, pursuing an attacker in an internet defamation case often involves unmasking someone’s identity.  This can… Continue Reading

In-House Counsel Guidebook on Handling Internet Defamation, Reputation Attacks (digital version)

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General, Online Reputation, White Papers
We recently published a digital version of the In-House Counsel Guidebook: How to Handle Internet Defamation and Online Reputation Attacks, which is accessible here. The In-House Counsel Guidebook provides insights for in-house counsel on internet defamation and online reputation matters.  The Guidebook, which was authored by Whitney Gibson, is based on our experience handling hundreds of… Continue Reading

White Paper (PDF) – In-House Counsel Guidebook: How to Handle Internet Defamation and Online Reputation Attacks

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General, Online Reputation, White Papers
Businesses and professionals are frequently the victims of online reputation attacks, including instances of internet defamation. Given that a legal analysis is often involved when determining how to handle these online attacks, in-house legal counsel will often be asked for input. The In-House Counsel Guidebook provides insights for in-house counsel, based on our experience handling… Continue Reading

Federal Judge: Company May Unmask Anonymous Internet Posters Via Subpoenas

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Other Internet Law Issues
On July 11, 2014, tech news website Ars Technica published a short post about a federal district court judge in Washington who recently granted a company’s request to “unmask” anonymous Amazon.com reviewers and Craigslist posters. Ubervita, LLC is “one of the top sellers of nutritional supplements on Amazon.com,” at least according to the Complaint the… Continue Reading

White Paper (PDF): Subpoena Guide for Identifying Anonymous Internet Posters

Posted in Identify Anonymous Defamers, White Papers
Online reputation attacks have become one of the easiest and most impactful ways for persons to damage businesses and individuals.  These attacks, such as defamatory online reviews, can originate from many sources and on various platforms.  Such internet attacks are frequently carried out anonymously, through the use of pseudonyms or other means of concealing one’s identity. Internet… Continue Reading

How In-House Counsel Can Help Shape Their Companies’ Reputations

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Competitor Defamation, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Internet Defamation General, Online Reputation
Company reputations today are largely dictated by what is posted on the internet, both about the companies themselves and their executives. Gone are the days where reputation is based on building up and maintaining goodwill with consumers over time. As Jennifer Evans, Chief Risk Officer at ANZ, was quoted in a Deloitte report, “reputations built… Continue Reading

How to Deal with Potential #Defamation on Twitter

Posted in Defamation Removal, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Twitter
In January, a jury ruled in favor of Courtney Love in a libel case concerning a tweet, brought by Love’s former attorney. This was believed to be the first U.S. trial concerning potential defamation on Twitter. While the plaintiff in the so-called “Twibel” case did not collect damages, and we have yet to see how… Continue Reading

Teachers, Professors and Defamatory Reviews Online

Posted in False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers
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 documents, the student called her… Continue Reading

LXBN TV: Should Yelp Be Forced to Unmask Anonymous Reviewers?

Posted in False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Yelp
Last week, I sat down with LXBN TV’s Colin O’Keefe to discuss the pending Virgnia case involving Hadeed Carpet Cleaning and Yelp.  In this case, which we blogged about earlier this month, the Virginia-based carpet cleaning business has asked Yelp to reveal the names of several authors of anonymous disparaging posts.  Yelp does not believe… Continue Reading

How to Deal With an ‘Impostor Timeline,’ Potential Defamation on Facebook

Posted in Cyberbullying, Facebook, Identify Anonymous Defamers
It is not uncommon for people to create fake social media profiles of celebrities and other public figures. Unfortunately, some people also imitate non-public figures, often for harassment purposes. This is especially problematic on Facebook, which refers to these accounts as “impostor Timelines.” According to Facebook, there are 1.23 billion active monthly Facebook users, as… Continue Reading

Case Involving Harmful Anonymous Yelp Reviews Headed to Virginia Supreme Court

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Yelp
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 case will be heard in… Continue Reading

Beware of Defamation, Cyberbullying on ‘Anonymous’ Mobile Apps such as Whisper and Secret

Posted in Apps, Cyberbullying, Identify Anonymous Defamers
Whether it is on Twitter, Facebook, a blog or another place online, countless people use the internet as their personal outlet to vent. But sometimes, you might have the urge to get something off your chest, but you do not want your name attached. Thanks to mobile apps such as Secret and Whisper, people can… Continue Reading

Judge Orders Philadelphia Media Company to Disclose Identity of Anonymous Commenter

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Identify Anonymous Defamers
For several years now, news outlets have grappled with how to civilize the comments sections on their online articles. Some have chosen the path of requiring users to sign in through their Facebook accounts. Others still permit readers to comment anonymously on their websites. (Editor’s note: 21 months after publishing this post, we wrote about online… Continue Reading

How to Deal with False and Damaging Pissed Consumer Posts

Posted in Competitor Defamation, Complaint Websites, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Pissed Consumer
Pissed Consumer, as the name suggests, has become a destination for disgruntled consumers to share their unpleasant experiences with various products or services. In fact, the website reports having more than a quarter million reviews about 40,000-plus companies spanning 120 industries. Indeed, Pissed Consumer is not a website where prospective customers should expect to find… Continue Reading

How to Remove Harmful Craigslist Ads

Posted in Craigslist, Identify Anonymous Defamers
Craigslist has become an invaluable resource for people in the United States. and across the world to advertise services, sell products and even meet like-minded people. Although a large majority of Craigslist users utilize the classified ads website for legitimate transactions or interactions, some use it to advance their own interests by exploiting others and… Continue Reading