2/24/14

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

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Based on the negative impact on its business, a company may initially believe certain statements or information posted about it online are 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 about others qualify as protected opinion by using phrases such as ‘‘in my opinion’’ or ‘‘I think.’’

In many cases, a lawyer can successfully argue these negative statements are defamation. But even if the harmful postings are not actually defamatory, a plaintiff can file lawsuits seeking removal of the statements and information from the internet (and seek monetary damages) based on the following other claims:

For more information, contact Whitney Gibson at 855.542.9192 or wcgibson@vorys.com.  Read more about the practice at http://www.internetcrisesattorneys.com/.