Posts Tagged ‘defamation of character on the internet’

Can I Sue For Defamation On the Internet?

Monday, 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.

Defamation on Twitter a.k.a. Tweet Defamation: NBA Referee Files Lawsuit.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Internet defamation is as easy to inflict as hitting the ‘submit’ key.  I am an internet law attorney who sees on-line defamation of character every day. The consequences to the person defamed can be devastating on the one end or a nuisance on the other.  There is no -on-line media as easy, fast and thoughtless to post to as Twitter.com, making defamation on Twitter a big problem for lawyers and clients alike. Recall Courtney Love recently had to pay $430,000 in libel damages for  Twitter defamation settlement with a fashion designer who claimed Courtney defamed her on twitter.com for the tweets “asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief” and a “coke whore.”

No comes the latest claim of defamation on twitter. NBA referee Bill Spooner just filed a federal defamation and libel lawsuit (click link to see the Federal Court Complaint) against Minneapolis-based sportswriter Jon Krawczynski and the Associated Press alleging he was defamed on Twitter during a a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets.  The alleged defamatory tweet by Krawczynski states: “Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he’d “get it back” after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That’s NBA officiating folks.” Spooner says that the statement quoted in the tweet was a request made by the coach to ‘get it [the foul call] back,’ not promise by Spooner to do so.

Defamation is Defined as a False Statement of Fact.

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Internet Defamation of Character Primer: What is a defamatory statement?

An anonymous comment was posted about your company on a review web site stating that your company  cheated them out of money, that the people at your company are crooks and that customers should avoid doing business with your company at all cost.  The web site where the statement was posted is coming back as the third Google search result just below your web site and domain name. Your first impulse is that the statement is defamation. Your second is to contact an attorney to send a threat letter to the web site owner demanding that comment removed.

The First Question: In order for a statement to be defamatory under law, the statement posted on the internet must be a false statement of fact, rather than a statement of opinion. Clients are often confused about what is a fact versus an opinion.  Surprisingly, so are courts, judges and many lawyers who do not practice defamation law. The reality is that defamation can law can be hard to decipher on this critical issue of “what is a false statement of fact” as the first element of proving defamation on the internet. Continue reading Defamation is Defined as a False Statement of Fact. »