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Doctor Defamation on the World Wide Web: What Every Doctor and Physician Needs to Understand

Tuesday, 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.

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I Am a Doctor Who Has Been Defamed on the Internet: What Are My Options?

Thursday, 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.

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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. »

Internet Attorney Alert: Lawsuit Reinstated Over Comments on Craigslist About a California Lawyer

Friday, June 11th, 2010

After originally being dismissed by the lower court, a state Court of Appeal has recently reinstated a California Attorney’s suit against screenwriter Justin Swingle.

Attorney Richard Gibson’s suit alleges that Swingle’s comments accused the attorney of breaking the law, violating attorney ethics rules, being mentally ill, and bigotry.

Originally Swingle’s comments on the attorney’s Craigslist add were posted anonymously. However, Gibson was granted a subpoena which required Craigslist to identify the author of the posts and from there was able to name Swingle as defendant in his complaint.

The Los Angeles Daily Times reports that the Court of Appeals held that Swingle’s posts on Gibson’s Craigslist add “were not part of political speech nor speech on a matter of public interest.”

If you are faced with a potential defamation suit or if you are trying to get content that may classify as defamation removed from an online source, you should contact an internet attorney today.
For related information on internet defamation in the media;

False Facebook Profile Spawns Defamation Lawsuit,

Lawyer Can Sue Critic Over Craigslist War of Words, Says Appeal Court,

ABAJournal.com: “More and More Lawsuits Over Rants on the Web that Blast Businesses”

Judge Orders That ID of Anonymous Poster Must Be Revealed In Internet Defamation Case

Friday, November 13th, 2009

When it comes to Internet defamation, anonymous bloggers cannot hide their identities from courts forever.  A Cook County, Illinois judge has ordered that the identity of an anonymous blogger must be revealed.  The anonymous poster allegedly defamed the 15-year old son of the Buffalo Grove Village Trustee on the message board of a local newspaper.  The Circuit Court judge entered a protective order that bars the disclosure of the anonymous blogger’s identity to anyone outside of the Sheriff, the plaintiff, and the plaintiff’s attorneys.

Internet defamation can be a serious problem.  Libelous, slanderous, or defamatory statements that are posted on the Internet can last forever.  That is why it is important to work with an Internet defamation attorney to protect your rights.  If have been the victim of defamation, contact one of our expert Internet defamation attorneys today toll free at 866.936.7447.

False Facebook Profile Spawns Defamation Lawsuit

Monday, September 28th, 2009

A Chicago Illinois mother has sued four minor teenagers on behalf of her son in a defamation lawsuit for allegedly creating a false Facebook profile of her son and portraying her son as a racist, and falsely commenting on his sexual orientation and sexual proclivities.  The defamation lawsuit claims damages and injunctive relief based on the defamatory information in the false Facebook profile, portraying the minor in a false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  If true, the allegations form the basis for a legitimate claim of defamation.

It is not surprising that defamation claims are arising from the portrayal of false and defamatory information about people on social networking sites such as Facebook.   The complaint alleges that the Facebook account was created using the plaintiff’s name, his real cell phone number, and photograph.  Once the profile is created, the creators of the account invited classmates and other associates of the plaintiff to become friends and exposed the false and defamatory information to some 580 Facebook friends eventually causing the plaintiff to change athletic coaches and athletic teams in addition to causing other stated humiliation and embarrassment.

If you have been the victim of false and defamatory posting of information online, contact one of our attorneys to discuss your legal rights.

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