November 10th, 2009
Our Internet defamation attorneys can help you pursue libel or slander on the internet which attacks your name, your business name or your brands. Defamation is the publication of a statement of fact that is false or that tends to damage your reputation . If someone makes a defamatory statement about you on the Internet, you may be able to recover monetary damages. If the defamatory statement is posted on a web site, you need to have it removed. A qualified internet law attorney can help. Defamation on the internet can not only affect your reputation and good name when others come in contact with the defamatory statements, but defamatory Internet postings can follow you for a long time when they are indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, or Bing. That is why it is important to work with an internet law attorney to have the defamatory statements removed immediately from the website and from the search engine cache. An internet attorney will know what proven strategies work, depending on what web site the defamatory statement is posted. If you have been the victim of a defamatory statement that has hurt your good name or business, contact one of our expert Internet defamation attorneys today. Your reputation is important. We’ll help you protect it from the internet.
September 4th, 2012
Part of the dynamic I believe as an attorney who specializes in online and internet defamation of character, as well as doctor defamation is that in many instances it’s a blame the messenger situation. Where the physician is generating bills which are sometimes very onerous on patients who can’t pay them. That doctors are the ones who are providing their patients with bad news sometimes about their health condition. That not every patient can be cured, and therefore the blame the doctor phenomena will spit out this anger that is sometimes expressed on the internet. So doctors are sometimes subject to unfair and unwarranted commentary by their patients; and in some instances by other doctors who are posing as patients. Sometimes that commentary will involve false statements of fact about the doctor, which can meet the test of defamation of character under state law.
Continue reading Doctor Defamation on the World Wide Web: What Every Doctor and Physician Needs to Understand »
August 20th, 2012
Internet defamation, internet slander, internet libel, these are very common problems on the internet today, where virtually anyone can post anonymously a comment, a review or other posts that slights and damages the reputation of someone else, even if those statements are totally untrue.
Continue reading An Internet Defamation Attorney Talks about Defamation of Character on the Internet »
August 16th, 2012
Doctors have a special relationship with their patients, and patients often have extremely high expectations of doctors. Complicating things is the fact that you’ve got health insurance which may or may not cover certain procedures, you’ve got all these different influences on medical care, and pathways of health and clinical diagnosis. And so, there’s this tremendous opportunity for that often amazing doctor-, physician-patient relationship to go astray.
Continue reading I Am a Doctor Who Has Been Defamed on the Internet: What Are My Options? »
November 10th, 2011
Defamation of character on the internet became real for Sarah Jones, a high school English teacher and member of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad. A defamatory post on www.thedirty.com indicated that she had sex with the entire Bengals football team. A picture taken and posted on the thedirty.com was taken out of context for the purpose of attacking Ms. Jones’ reputation. Her reputation as a school teacher was dramatically affected. In the article just posted on Anderson Cooper’s website (Bengals Cheerleader Confronts Website Owner for Defamation of Character), there’s an interesting discussion of the history of this now well-known case as well as a video wherein Jones confronts the owner of the website thedirty.com who claimed Section 230 Immunity from liability. Continue reading Website Defamation of Character Smackdown »
November 10th, 2011
Welcome to Defamation Law Radio. My name is Enrico Schaefer. I’m a defamation of character attorney specializing in internet and technology law, defamation on the internet. A defamation of character attorney can help you understand whether or not you have a claim or a defense when there is an issue of defamation of character on the internet in play. Continue reading Defamation of Character Attorneys Know how to Analyze Your Case »
June 2nd, 2011
Internet defamation against a doctor or physician is becoming much more common because of it is so easy for anyone to post a doctor ‘rating’ on a web site. Web sites such as Google Places, AVVO, www.healthgrades.com, www.ratemds.com, www.vitals.com, angieslist.com and a variety of other rating and review web sites.
Too often, the review, comment or rating is a purposely untrue statement by a disgruntled patient, competitor or anonymous person. A doctor’s reputation is defamed and search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing return the false statement every time someone searches for that doctor’s name. Libel on the internet can cost a doctor more than their reputation for life. It can put them out of business.
Understanding how to handle these issue requires real expertise not only in defamation, slander and libel law but also internet law. Understanding how to deal with web site hosts, user generated content (UGC), Communications Decency Act (CDA) immunity are primary for an attorney looking to help a doctor with on-line defamation issues. We can help. Contact us today to learn more about legal options for doctors facing defamation on the internet. If you don’t protect your reputation, who will?
April 21st, 2011
One of the things that a client needs to understand when they believe they have been the victim of defamation of character on the Internet is that they are putting their own character directly at issue. People with strong, positive reputations are potential plaintiffs. Clients who have a poor reputation within their community have a much more difficult decision to make. Suing for defamation of character, especially when it is on the Internet, is always a difficult decision. Clients need to understand the challenges involved. They also need to be fully apprised by their attorney about the fact that they will be opening themselves up to discovery about character issues. Continue reading In Order to Sue for Defamation of Character, You Have to Have Character »
March 21st, 2011
Our clients often ask “Should I Sue For Defamation of Character” when they discover a post, comment, blog or other publication on the Internet which falsely harms their reputation. Defamation if character on the Internet can cause serious damage and emotions often run high when you are falsely accused or attacked. But the question of “Should I Sue for Defamation” is one you need to consider carefully with your attorney. A defamation lawsuit is expensive and there are sometimes strategies which can remove the defamatory statement posted o the Internet without resorting to a lawsuit. Contact one of our defamation law attorneys for more information about your options and how we can help. The first step is to get educated about your legal rights and options. Then you can decide how to proceed.