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Negative internet content could harm a company's image severely

Many business owners in Ohio and elsewhere place a great deal of importance on building a positive professional image. While this process may take years to achieve, it could take little more than one scathing review to place a company's reputation in jeopardy. Those who are subjected to negative internet content may have concerns about how it will affect their companies and they might wonder about the steps they can take to pursue the removal of such content.

When it comes to researching a company and its products and services, many consumers may turn to online sources to read reviews about a business. Since these searches can have a significant influence on a person's decisions, business owners may find it essential to keep watch over the online reputations of their companies. Any negative online content could drive potential customers away, and such content can unfortunately come from a variety of sources.

The risks and potential harm of defamation through social media

There are a multitude of social media outlets that provide individuals in Ohio and elsewhere with a platform on which to post content on a variety of topics. While the rise of social media may come with various benefits, it also opens individuals and businesses up to certain risks, as these outlets can act as a means of spreading false and damaging content. Those who are subjected to defamation through social media could suffer significant harm, and they might be uncertain how best to handle the situation.

With the shear number of individuals that search through applications such as Facebook and Yelp each day, the information one posts through social media can become widespread in an instant. Unfortunately, those who create online content could choose to use similar outlets to spread rumors that might prove exceedingly harmful to a person or business. Upon being subjected to similar attacks, a person may wish to protect his or her reputation, but proving defamation through online sources can be challenging.

Former college basketball coach accuses university of defamation

Rumors concerning the preferential treatment of college recruits have been spread throughout many universities in Ohio and elsewhere. Being the subject of an investigation into such allegations can be stressful and daunting, and the outcome of a similar process could have a substantial impact on a person's life. A college basketball coach has accused his former employer of defamation in relation to the release of information he claims was confidential and false.

The incident reportedly began when the university claimed to have received information concerning the treatment of players and recruits that was in violation of NCAA rules. This sparked an investigation that ultimately culminated in the termination of the man's position as head coach. According to reports, the university claims that a former assistant coach filed a report stating the man had paid a recruit a substantial sum of money to sign with the university.

Towing company accuses college student of defamation

When a person in Ohio or elsewhere turns to the internet to leave a negative review about a business, the information within could influence how others view the company. If the statement is false, or is a misrepresentation of an incident, the owners may wish to take steps to prevent the situation from affecting the success of their businesses. A towing company has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a college student claiming that he omitted facts about an incident and sparked hundreds of negative reviews.

The incident reportedly began at an apartment complex with which the company had entered a business arrangement to provide towing services for illegally parked vehicles. Upon encountering a car that was parked illegally, the company placed a boot on its tire and left instructions for the owner and a 24 hour warning. After the company didn't receive a response, employees proceeded to tow the vehicle the next day.

Keeping track of internet content as a business owner

Many business owners in Ohio and elsewhere consider the reputation of their companies to be an integral part of their success. With a multitude of internet sources to keep track of, managing a company's online reputation can be a challenging task. However, this could also prove essential, as the way a business is represented online can have a substantial influence on its future.

Owners who wish to improve the success of their companies by promoting a healthy image may find it beneficial to perform internet searches regularly. This can help an owner identify any issues that need to be addressed, and help him or her gain an understanding of areas where improvements can be made. Owners could also find it helpful to provide consumers with incentives for leaving comments about their experiences with the company, as positive feedback could be essential to cultivating a positive reputation.

Defamation lawsuit to be filed regarding malicious Facebook video

Social media outlets such as Facebook provide users with the ability to post videos on a variety of topics. While many individuals in Ohio may use these outlets simply to post footage of family events, some may attempt to use a video to send a message to viewers. A group of county commissioners in another state have decided to file a defamation lawsuit against an animal rights activist after she posted a video on Facebook accusing them of being monsters.

According to the lawsuit, the activist posted a video through social media outlets accusing the council members of refusing to make improvements at a local shelter. In the video, the woman claims that the shelter decided to put a dog to sleep on the day of its arrival without attempting to contact the owners. They insist that although they have improved the live release rate at the shelter significantly, the activist and several others continue to be critical of their actions.

Horse carriage company files defamation lawsuit

When it comes to small businesses in Ohio and across the country that provide horse carriage rides to customers, allegations of animal mistreatment can be a serious concern. Even if the statements are false, such accusations could have a devastating impact on the success of a business. A horse carriage company in another state has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a local animal society and an activist after malicious rumors were spread across various media outlets.

According to the lawsuit, the animal society and activist took to various media outlets to accuse the carriage company of mistreating its horses. In addition, the company claims that each party encouraged others to approach carriages and employees on the street and disrupt customer tours. The company claims that it has been subjected to a variety of false allegations, including intentional cruelty to animals and disregard for animal safety.

Doctor files lawsuit over negative internet reviews

When it comes to business-related interactions, many consumers in Ohio and elsewhere may wish to share their experiences with others. The internet makes it significantly less difficult for a person to find and read these reviews. Unfortunately, when writing a review, some may publish posts that go beyond a statement of opinion and attempt to harm a company's reputation. A doctor has recently filed a lawsuit that accuses a woman of defamation and libel after online reviews caused him to suffer emotional and professional harm.

The incident reportedly began when the woman visited the doctor for treatment. After receiving a bill for the visit, she allegedly sought to dispute certain charges, but claims that his office failed to respond. According to reports, she posted a scathing review to numerous websites such as Yelp and Healthgrades, and then proceeded to give his business a one star review on Facebook.

Defamation lawsuit filed against anonymous Instagram account

There are a multitude of online sites that allow users in Ohio and elsewhere to create anonymous accounts. Using the protection provided by these sites, a person may post comments on a variety of topics without having to reveal his or her identity. Unfortunately, some may seek to take advantage of this protection. A man has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Instagram account named Diet Madison.

The man claims the incident began when the anonymous Instagram account released posts accusing him of sexual harassment in the workplace. According to reports, this account has targeted multiple individuals with similar claims over recent years. He asserts that although the allegations against him are false, his employment was terminated shortly after the posts were published.

Lou Holtz files defamation lawsuit over newspaper article

Taking a statement out of context and writing a newspaper article about it could be harmful enough as is. However, adding words to a statement can leave a person in Ohio facing a variety of potentially devastating consequences over something he or she never said. Former sports analyst and College Hall of Fame football coach Lou Holtz has reportedly reached a settlement agreement after filing a defamation lawsuit against a newspaper outlet over a recent publication.

The incident reportedly stems from a speech that was given by the former coach on the topic of immigration. According to the lawsuit, the newspaper outlet took his statements out of context and published a story about it, and added words in the title accusing him of referring to immigrants as deadbeats. However, the coach says that at no point did he use the word deadbeat and that the article was a false portrayal of a speech he made about advice he received from his grandmother on her experiences upon immigrating to the United States.