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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.

According to reports, the two men have been at odds for decades, and the contentions between them have been made apparent through ads taken out in local newspapers. However, the man claims the other party went too far in certain posts through social media outlets, such as Facebook. According to the lawsuit, the other individual made several comments that are malicious and untrue, which were written with the intent of tarnishing the man's personal and professional reputation.

He asserts that the comments were made to create a negative impression regarding his company, attempting to persuade others that his business is heartless. He also claims that many of the posts are crude and offensive, and some even contain threats against him and his family. He is seeking to recover damages and hold the other man accountable for his actions.

Those who face attacks of this nature may wish to protect themselves from potentially harmful consequences, but the process can be stressful and intimidating. When facing defamation through media outlets, a person in Ohio could find it beneficial to speak with an attorney with experience in the area. An attorney can thoroughly evaluate the situation and provide a client with advice on the best course of action with which to proceed.

Source: abqjournal.com, "Funeral home feud leads to defamation lawsuit", Maggie Shepard, Sept. 24, 2017

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