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October 2017 Archives

Former coach files defamation claim after being singled out

When allegations of wrong-doing arise, some may wish to escape the blame by pointing a finger at others. When individuals in Ohio and elsewhere feel they are being used as scapegoats, they may wish to protect their reputation, but they might be uncertain how to achieve this goal. A former college football coach has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the school and a spokeswoman following a recent investigation into a drug arrest and kidnapping.

Defamation claim over online attacks ends with settlement

Many individuals in Ohio and across the country have taken to online sources to air their grievances at some point in life. While in many cases, these situations may be short-lived and uneventful, in others, an individual can suffer a great deal of harm. A man in another state has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the creator of a website who reportedly posted numerous false statements that damaged his reputation.

Safeguarding the reputation of a business from internet attacks

Many businesses have turned to online sources and social media to promote products and services. While internet sources make it much easier to reach a multitude of potential customers, it can also place a business at risk, and an attack on a company's reputation through similar outlets could be devastating. Business owners in Ohio and elsewhere might find it beneficial to keep a close watch on this aspect of operations, as reputation management might prove invaluable to the longevity of their companies.

I ended up on what?

With the explosion of Internet access in last 10 years, many "cheater websites" have appeared at an alarming pace. "Cheater websites" offer an opportunity to dish the dirt on former girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, sugar daddies and everything in between. Often, in a fit of rage, a scorned or just plain evil ex-lover will unload a fury of anger-fueled, hateful speech about their former partner, and worst of all, identify the ex by name! Now, your name, details of your personal and private relationship are publicly posted on the Internet for all to see. Even worse, the information about you may not even be true! 

Police officer files defamation lawsuit against James Blake

Everyone makes mistakes, but in some cases, even a harmless error can lead to serious consequences under certain circumstances. Individuals in Ohio and elsewhere that work in certain fields may also be held to a higher standard than others, and if their reputation comes under attack, even if based on an error, the harm done can be substantial. A police officer in another state has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a former professional tennis player, James Blake, following allegations of racism and corruption.

High school coach files defamation lawsuit against superintendent

Many individuals in Ohio and across the country put a great deal of time and effort into the things they deem important. An attack on a person's reputation could threaten these areas of life, and those who experience a similar circumstance may wish to protect themselves from unnecessary suffering. A former high school football coach has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a school superintendent after claiming his dismissal damaged his reputation.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down NC law prohibiting sex offenders from using social media

On June 19, 2017, in a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down a controversial law North Carolina preventing registered sex offenders from using social media. A copy of the full decision can be found here. The law made it illegal for a sex offender "to access a commercial social networking Web site where the sex offender knows that the site permits minor children to become members or to create or maintain personal Web pages."

Malicious social media comments lead to defamation lawsuit

When companies in Ohio and elsewhere compete with rivals on a daily basis, contentions may arise. While, in many cases, this could simply lead to competitive pricing and promotion of services, in others, a business may seek to gain ground by attempting to tarnish the reputation of another. The owner of several funeral homes in another state has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a competitor after claiming that attacks through social media outlets have damaged his business.

What to do if someone posts false information about me?

Much has been made recently regarding the spread of "fake news" on the Internet. Typically, this occurs in the political context. However, that is not the subject of this article. "fake news" can also come on a personal level; that is, when someone posts and disseminates false information about you on their social media platforms. It can be very difficult, but certainly not impossible, to take this false information off the Internet.

Charles Oakley files defamation lawsuit against Knicks owner

Being subjected to humiliation on national television can do a substantial amount of harm to the reputation of an individual in Ohio or elsewhere. While this can be stressful and daunting enough on its own, should another party continue to spread harmful rumors, the damage could be irreparable. New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the owner of his former team after he was forcefully removed during a televised game and accused of assault and excessive intoxication.

Maintaining a positive business image through internet sources

With the ever-increasing expansion of social media platforms, it has never been easier to promote a business. Many business owners in Ohio and elsewhere make use of internet sources to attract new customers and build a positive image. However, while there may be numerous advantages involved in online promotion, there may also be a certain level of risk, and a malicious attack on a company's online reputation could prove devastating to its growth and success.