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Tag Archives: Subpoena

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

Removing Internet Defamation From the Internet: Solutions are Fact-Dependent

Posted in Defamation Removal, Internet Defamation General
When it comes to handling internet defamation issues and other online reputation attacks—specifically in terms of removing the content from the internet— the solutions are, in one word: fact-dependent.  There is no other way to describe it. And there is no perfect solution that can be applied to every instance of online defamation.  There are various… 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

Video: Three Steps to Combat Unauthorized Online Sales, Product Diversion

Posted in e-Commerce, Other Internet Law Issues, Videos
Beyond internet defamation, another leading brand protection issue is unauthorized online sales and product diversion.  Many companies limit through which distribution channels and by whom their products can be sold.  But, as one might predict, these products still often end up being sold online, outside authorized distribution channels, such as on eBay or Amazon. In the video… Continue Reading

How to Remove Harmful, Harassing Content From Pinterest

Posted in Cyberbullying, Other Internet Law Issues, Pinterest
Based on its visual nature, defamation is less common on Pinterest than on other top social media websites.  Pinterest – the online “pinboard” website on which users virtually bookmark content on their own boards and explore others’ pins and boards – is ranked 16th by Alexa Internet in its list of top U.S. websites and 37th globally. However,… 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 and Defamatory Pissed Consumer Reviews

Posted in Complaint Websites, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Pissed Consumer, Review Websites
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 does offer removal options for… Continue Reading

How to Remove False and Defamatory Google Reviews

Posted in Businesses and Executives, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Google, Review Websites
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 and will continue to be… Continue Reading

How to Remove a Defamatory Blog Post or Website

Posted in Defamation Removal, Defamatory Websites, Google, Internet Defamation General, WordPress
Disgruntled parties are initiating online reputation and brand attacks on a number of internet forums.  This includes people publishing false and defamatory blog posts. This typically involves them creating a free blog through Google, WordPress or another easy-to-use blog-publishing platform for the sole purpose of disparaging other parties. Businesses and individuals harmed by blog posts should… Continue Reading

Twitter, Reddit Change Policies to Prohibit Revenge Porn, Establish Revenge Porn Removal Procedures

Posted in Other Internet Law Issues, Reddit, Revenge Porn, Twitter
Earlier this month, Twitter updated its rules to prohibit “revenge porn,” or the posting of nude photographs or videos without the subject’s consent.  This news came a couple weeks after Reddit announced a similar change to its privacy policy reflecting its prohibition of revenge porn and the process of removing revenge porn from the website.… Continue Reading

How to Remove False, Defamatory Reviews from My3Cents.com

Posted in Complaint Websites, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Review Websites
No company today is immune from negative reviews on websites such as My3Cents.com.  In fact, My3Cents.com has received an aggregate 2.2 star rating (out of 5) on its own website.  Certainly, negative online reviews may be rooted in fact and are not necessarily actionable.  But, many online reviews on websites such as My3Cents.com are false… Continue Reading

How to Remove False, Defamatory Complaints.com Posts

Posted in Complaint Websites, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Review Websites
Businesses have a lot to gain from positive online reviews.  Even a business that has overall strong reviews, however, can suffer if a disgruntled person publishes a false and defamatory post.  Complaints.com is one website where businesses can become victims of internet defamation, and the website’s header – which reads “CONSUMERS IN CONTROL” – implies the… 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

How to Remove False and Defamatory Citysearch Reviews

Posted in Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Review Websites
Before there was Yelp, there was Citysearch.  Founded in 1995 as an online guide for finding local businesses, Citysearch helped pave the way into an era of consumers posting online reviews. While Yelp has blown Citysearch and other competition out of the water in recent years, Citysearch is nevertheless still active and businesses are still… Continue Reading

How to Deal With a Ripoff Report Post That Appears on Another Website

Posted in Complaint Websites, Defamation Removal, False Reviews, Ripoff Report
Victims of false and defamatory reviews on Ripoff Report should be aware that many of these reviews are popping up elsewhere online.  More specifically, it appears that other lesser-established websites are copying the text from recent Ripoff Report posts and publishing them verbatim on their own sites.  Thus, businesses must continue to be watchful of… Continue Reading

How to Subpoena Ripoff Report to Identify ‘Anonymous’ Posters

Posted in Complaint Websites, Identify Anonymous Defamers, Ripoff Report
Countless businesses and business owners have fallen victim to false and defamatory posts on Ripoff Report.  While RipoffReport.com states that the website requires truthful reports, the website also “does not guarantee” the accuracy or authenticity of the content submitted by its registered users. Given the current internet landscape, which includes the Communications Decency Act (which… 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

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