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Tag Archives: Anonymous Posters

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

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

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

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 False, Defamatory Glassdoor Reviews

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Glassdoor, Online Reputation
Founded in 2007, Glassdoor.com is an online “career community” with a database consisting of several million company reviews, CEO ratings, salary reports, job interview reports and more.  But as both the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal have phrased things – in articles published nearly three years apart – Glassdoor is a website where… 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 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

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

Internet Defamation Removal and the Known Defamer: How Knowing the Identity of a Defamer Changes the Court Order Technique

Posted in Defamation Removal, Internet Defamation General
Online defamation can significantly harm the reputation of a business or individual, especially when it ranks highly in search engine results. In general, accuracy is irrelevant to search engines.  Search results are typically organized by relevancy and not quality. Thus, false information can spread just as easily, and rank as highly as (or even higher than certain) legitimate complaints… Continue Reading

Harmed But Not Defamed: Other Internet-Related Claims a Plaintiff Can Bring

Posted in Other Internet Law Issues
Based on the negative impact on its business, a company may initially believe certain statements or information posted about it online are false and defamatory. Although the content may be very damaging, it might not be defamatory at all. In fact, many anonymous defamers make conscious efforts to ensure that the statements they post 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

How to Identify Anonymous Posters on Yelp

Posted in False Reviews, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Yelp
In today’s internet landscape, it is very easy to anonymously post harmful content. However, using a fake screen name or email address does not mean an internet user has completely shielded his or her identity, particularly when that person violates a website’s terms or potentially the law. On the popular review website Yelp, it is no… Continue Reading

How to Remove Defamatory Reviews from Yelp

Posted in Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Yelp
Based on third quarter data from 2013, more than one-in-five Yelp reviews earned two or fewer stars on the website’s five-star scale. Of the website’s 47 million reviews, 13 percent earned one-star reviews, while posters gave eight percent two-star reviews. This is not to say that the majority of underwhelming reviews may not be warranted. But… Continue Reading