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Consumer Review Fairness Act Signed Into Law

Posted in Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues, Review Websites
President Barack Obama recently signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act into law. The newly passed law, signed on December 14, 2016, has three main functions. First, it voids provisions in form contracts that limit a person’s right to publish genuine negative reviews online. Second, it voids clauses threatening penalties or fines against the authors of such reviews. Third,… Continue Reading

Reporting Harmful Non-Defamatory Google Reviews

Posted in Google, Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues
It is generally difficult to convince a website to remove defamatory third-party content without a court order. If person A goes to a website and says person B’s statements about him or her are false, how does that website know whether person A is telling the truth? And, even so, how would the website know if… 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

Online Copyright Infringement and the DMCA Subpoena

Posted in Other Internet Law Issues
Ordinarily, serving a subpoena to identify an anonymous internet poster requires first filing a lawsuit. In fact, we have published several posts about using subpoenas to identify unknown authors of internet defamation and have explained that the first step in the process is filing a complaint against the unknown poster. There is, however, a procedure pertaining… Continue Reading

How to Stop (and Remove) Online Impersonations on Social Media, Other Websites

Posted in Cyberbullying, Facebook, Google, Other Internet Law Issues, Twitter, YouTube
Professionals and companies are being harmed online and on social media in a number of ways. One increasingly common form of online harassment is impersonation of the person (or company) that the harasser is intending to harm through the creation of fake public personas on social media platforms or websites. Major online and social media players… Continue Reading

False, Negative Online Reviews Challenge Health Care Professionals and Health Care Providers

Posted in False Reviews, Health Care / Physicians, Other Internet Law Issues, Review Websites
Online reviews affect nearly every industry, and health care is certainly one of them. What differentiates health care, in this context, is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA. Under HIPAA, a federal privacy law, health care professionals and providers are not allowed to disclose certain health information about patients without… Continue Reading

Defamation and Bad Faith Registration, Use of Domain Names Under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)

Posted in Competitor Defamation, Complaint Websites, Defamatory Websites, Domain Names, Other Internet Law Issues
Most internet defamation occurs on third-party websites – often through a Ripoff Report posting or other false review, for example.  However, some people are so intent on disparaging other professionals or companies that they will go as far as creating their own websites, registering carefully selected domain names and publishing content through them that is calculated… Continue Reading

Employers Must Avoid ‘Retaliation’ If Suing Employees for Defamation

Posted in Employment Law, Internet Defamation General, Other Internet Law Issues
Employers are vulnerable to being the targets of negative online and social media postings. And sometimes these statements can give rise to defamation claims. However, an employer considering suing a current or former employee for internet defamation must be careful if the (ex-)employee recently engaged in protected activity. Under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations… Continue Reading

Internet Defamation and Anti-SLAPP Laws: A Look Back at the Washington Supreme Court’s 2015 Ruling Invalidating the State’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

Posted in Anti-SLAPP, Cases & Court Decisions, Internet Defamation General, Other Internet Law Issues
In late May 2015, the Washington Supreme Court became the first state to find an anti-SLAPP statute unconstitutional, striking down the rule codified as RCW 4.24.525. At the time (and likely still today), free speech advocates expressed their disappointment in the ruling, believing that the state of Washington would leave media members and others who… Continue Reading

Employers Must Be Careful Using Non-Disparagement Clauses to Discourage Employees’ Negative Online and Social Media Posts

Posted in Employment Law, Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues
In recent years, there has been backlash against non-disparagement clauses pertaining to online reviews. In particular, those attempting to restrict honest—albeit negative—feedback about companies.  In fact, California passed a law in August 2014 prohibiting anti-negative review policies. Meanwhile the Federal Trade Commission filed its first ever lawsuit over similar non-disparagement clauses last September. Beyond potentially restricting… Continue Reading

Whois Inaccuracy Complaints Can Lead to Domain Cancellations, Deletion of Defamatory Websites

Posted in Defamatory Websites, Domain Names, Internet Defamation General, Other Internet Law Issues
Many of the internet defamation attacks regularly discussed on our blog are published on well-established, high-ranking websites such as Ripoff Report, Pissed Consumer or mainstream social media platforms.  Oftentimes, however, bad actors will go as far as registering new domains solely to disparage another party or parties on their own websites. These can include blatant… Continue Reading

How to Report Abuse, Harassment on Twitter

Posted in Cyberbullying, Other Internet Law Issues, Twitter
Twitter recently announced that it has updated its Twitter Rules “to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct,” wrote Megan Cristina, the company’s head of Trust & Safety, in a Dec. 30, 2015 blog post. According to Cristina’s blog post (“Fighting abuse to protect freedom of expression”), the policy changes are intended… Continue Reading

Australian Court: Google Liable as Secondary Publisher in Internet Defamation Case

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Defamation Removal, Google, Other Internet Law Issues, Ripoff Report
Last week, Justice Malcom Blue of the Supreme Court of South Australia ordered Google to pay $100,000 (AUD) in damages (plus interest) in a landmark internet defamation case. Several weeks earlier, the Supreme Court of South Australia handed down an unprecedented judgment against Google in a multi-year legal battle that originally arose out of Ripoff… Continue Reading

How Businesses Can Protect Their Executives From Online Reputation Attacks

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Internet Defamation General, Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues
Businesses are incredibly vulnerable to online reputation attacks.  Virtually anyone with a motive can seriously harm a business’s reputation online.  This issue has been previously framed from a company perspective.  What has not been discussed as much is how company executives are also quite susceptible to being attacked online, and it is just as important… Continue Reading

Online Comments, Free Speech and Internet Defamation: News Outlets Challenged by Internet Commenters

Posted in Internet Defamation General, Other Internet Law Issues
On Nov. 12, 2015, The Montana Standard published an online editorial about forthcoming changes to its online commenting policy.  This might seem trivial outside of the readership for this newspaper from the fifth largest city in the 44th most populated U.S. state.  But beginning in late November, The Montana Standard’s plans for handling online comments… Continue Reading

Mugshots: Public Interest Versus Privacy Debate, Removal ‘Extortion’

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Mugshots, Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear its panel’s decision regarding the release of mugshots under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). At issue is whether the mugshots are simply public record, obtainable through FOIA requests, or if there are inherent privacy interests. Mugshots have been historically viewed as public record. But mugshots… Continue Reading

How to Remove Harassment, Other Harmful Internet and Social Media Postings

Posted in Cyberbullying, Defamation Removal, Facebook, LinkedIn, Other Internet Law Issues, Pinterest, Twitter, WordPress
Minutes, if not seconds, is all it takes for someone to cause harm to another person on the internet. Whether a single posting on social media or another online forum, or a full-fledged harassment campaign consisting of numerous postings on various platforms, it is extremely easy today to cause damage to another’s reputation online. Thus,… Continue Reading

Online Reviews: Ten Things You Should Know

Posted in False Reviews, Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues, Review Websites, Yelp
Whether you like them or not, it is hard to ignore online reviews. For many businesses, online review pages and ratings are displayed prominently in Google and Bing searches. And many brick and mortar retail stores have “People Love Us on Yelp” stickers displayed on their doors or windows. Speaking of Yelp, according to the… Continue Reading

Why Your Business’s Online Reputation Matters and How to Protect It

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Online Reputation, Other Internet Law Issues
Executives from top businesses around the world have weighed in. And they have indicated that the top risk for their respective companies is their reputation. In 2013, Deloitte released the results of a survey of 300 top management and board members from across the globe. According to the survey results, reputation became the single greatest strategic… Continue Reading

FTC Sues Company Seeking to Prevent Customers’ Negative Online Reviews

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, False Reviews, Other Internet Law Issues
Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit in the Middle District of Florida against two companies and their principals over a “gag” clause aimed at preventing negative reviews. On Sept. 24, 2015, the FTC filed a complaint for permanent injunction and other equitable relief against Roca Labs, Inc., Roca Labs Nutraceutical USA, Inc.,… Continue Reading

Hyperlink to 2012 Article at Issue in Delaware Internet Defamation Case

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Internet Defamation General, Other Internet Law Issues
The Delaware Court of Chancery is considering an argument that a hyperlink to an allegedly defamatory article, for purposes of overcoming a statute of limitations defense, constitutes republication. In a September 30 opinion, the court denied defendant Vox Media, Inc.’s motion to dismiss. The Court of Chancy held Vox “failed to carry its burden” of establishing that… Continue Reading

Controversial People-Rating App, Peeple, Prepares for Launch

Posted in Apps, Cyberbullying, False Reviews, Other Internet Law Issues
A new app expected to launch in November is generating a lot of mostly negative buzz following a recent story published in The Washington Post. In fact, the headline of that very article refers to the forthcoming app, Peeple, as “terrifying.” Peeple, according to the article, is described as “basically Yelp, but for humans.” Yes, on… Continue Reading

Washington Case Turns on Application of Federal CDA Immunity

Posted in Cases & Court Decisions, Communications Decency Act, Other Internet Law Issues
Last week, the Washington Supreme Court handed down a favorable ruling in a case turning on the application of the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996 – favorable, that is, for those seeking to hold websites accountable for certain harm arising out of content published on their sites. In a 6-3 ruling, the top Washington… Continue Reading

How to Report Trademark, Other IP Infringement on Facebook

Posted in Facebook, Other Internet Law Issues
Outside of handling internet defamation matters and protecting businesses from product diversion/unauthorized online sales, we are often asked about a number of other internet-related issues, including removing intellectual property (IP) infringement from social media websites. One common forum in which we often see IP infringement issues arise is on Facebook. Fortunately for IP owners, it… Continue Reading