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September 2018 Archives

Barnes and Noble accused of defamation, wrongful termination

Many companies in Ohio take reports of workplace misconduct seriously, and the consequences of similar allegations can be severe. However, not all claims of misconduct are accurate, and those who lose their jobs based on false allegations may wish to protect their legal rights and their reputations. The former chief executive officer of Barnes and Noble has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of defamation and wrongful termination.

Keeping track of a company's image through the internet

A significant portion of today's shopping takes place online, and many consumers in Ohio and elsewhere search through company and product reviews before making a purchase. This makes it essential for business owners to keep track of their companies' online reputation. However, this might not always be so simple, as there are a multitude of internet platforms consumers can use to review even a small business.

Former surgeon accuses health care system of defamation

Many companies in Ohio and elsewhere may consider it vital to provide employees with an outlet to bring forth complaints or concerns about operations. However, some may be hesitant to raise questions about a potential concern out of fear of retaliation. A plastic surgeon in another state has filed a defamation claim against a health care system after a similar situation led to an attack on his reputation.

County commission candidate accuses opponent of defamation

During a political campaign, candidates in Ohio and elsewhere may deploy a variety of tactics to gain favor with potential voters. In some cases, this may lead to a public attack on the reputation of one's opponent, and the results of a such an attack can be disastrous. A county commission candidate in another state has accused his opponent of defamation after claiming the man released numerous false statements about him prior to the upcoming election.

The Fair Use Doctrine and the Internet

Gray areas exist when discussing the Fair Use Doctrine and the Internet. Because millions of sites exist, it seems impossible to regulate content and ensure that individuals only claim their own work as their ideas. The United States protects copyrighted work, and no individual has the authority to copy or produce another’s content.

Former TLC manager files defamation lawsuit against Viacom

Being falsely portrayed in a biopic that is aired on public television can be a devastating experience. If the feature is successful, it might be made accessible to a multitude of viewers in Ohio and across the nation, and the toll this could take on a person's life could be catastrophic. The former manager of the band TLC has reached a settlement in a defamation lawsuit against the company Viacom after claiming the release of a biopic caused significant damage to her reputation.

Keeping close watch over a company's internet reputation

Many companies in Ohio and elsewhere may feel that having a positive online image is crucial to a company's success. Recent studies suggest that it has never been more vital to keep a close watch over a company's internet reputation. While maintaining a constant online presence and keeping track of consumer reviews can be rewarding, it can also be challenging at times, especially when a company is subjected to negativity.

Physician accuses university administrators of defamation

When complaints of workplace misconduct arise, company administrators in Ohio and elsewhere may be tasked with identifying the responsible party and taking the appropriate disciplinary actions. Unfortunately in some cases, the fallout of a similar incident may also impact members of upper management, even if they are unaware of an employee's actions. A former lead physician at the University of Southern California has filed a defamation lawsuit after an investigation into misconduct left him on administrative leave and tarnished his reputation.