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Man wins defamation lawsuit against authors of online newspaper

Throughout the years countless individuals have made the switch to paperless in various areas of their life. This may include newspapers, which are commonly posted online as opposed to being thrown on a porch by a delivery person. This ease of access may give numerous readers in Ohio a chance to view a multitude of newspapers, which can be both good and bad. A man in another state has filed a defamation lawsuit against two authors of an online newspaper.

The authors apparently wrote and published an article about the man, claiming he was finding ways around the law with regard to hazardous waste. A jury eventually ruled in favor of the man, citing that the authors were unable to substantiate numerous claims that were made in the article. This particular online newspaper has apparently been involved in multiple cases under similar circumstances in the past.

Along with the article, the information was reportedly listed in a group email, which the man claims was sent to various individuals who were either current clients or potential future clients. He claims to have suffered a great deal of pain and suffering following the article. He expressed concerns about his reputation moving forward, which he says he worked vigorously to build up over the past 15 years.

With numerous companies posting articles online, they may often choose to write what sells and, in some cases, worry less about what is true. Many individuals have suffered in similar ways following these types of articles, prompting a great number of them to seek assistance in removing the damaging information from the online source. When facing defamation through an online source, a person in Ohio may speak with an attorney for assistance in navigating the challenging process.

Source:, "Fit to print? Defamation trial highlights the complicated legacy of CalCoastNews", Chris McGuinness, April 13, 2017

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