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The Defamation Lawyer.

If you need a defamation lawyer who knows the Internet, the web, the netizens, the scofflaws, the scams, and the details of the business of the web, we live and breathe the business of the web every day, and we are called upon by Fortune 500 companies to small mom and pop corner businesses to solve the toughest problems.

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Please note that as a defamation lawyer we only handle business-related internet defamation of character matters. If you are a business or professional, you can call us for a free consultation.

Lies are being told about companies every day on the web. Defamation of character and internet defamation are becoming commonplace. With the proliferation of Weblogs, anyone can say anything, and the next thing you know the major search engines have indexed it at the top of their results. As an internet defamation lawyer we can help you get the indexed results and website or blog that contains statements aimed at defamation of character removed from the search engine results, get the defamation on the Internet down, and flex the muscle of a seasoned defamation lawyer specializing in Internet litigation.

How often does internet defamation and related defamation of character happen? A lot more than you realize. Oftentimes the only way to know about it is to search the engines. Here is a sampling of the issues we have worked on as a defamation lawyer:

  • A prominent online business was targeted on a weblog through internet defamation, and the posts escalated to the point that death threats were being made and a map to the company headquarters was posted. Google had indexed the blog in the first position whenever someone searched for our client.
  • A small business was defamed by a competitor launching a website and going so far as to post a portion of the owner’s credit report.
  • A world-renowned professional in a controversial subject matter found that a website was publishing false claims about him, damaging his reputation and credibility. Since he was often an expert commentator on TV, this was a significant problem that had to be addressed.
  • A former employee launched a website attacking our international client.
  • An ex-girlfriend published false information about her boyfriend’s company, which was indexed by search engines.
  • Industry bulletin board posts from a former customer claimed that our client was running a “scam” operation.
  • A consumer protection “review” site seemed to always return extremely negative and detailed reviews of any company not advertising on the site.
  • An unhappy customer launched an extensive website critical of our client, including false and misleading claims and altered documents.
  • A nationally recognized speaker was defamed on a series of “review sites” surreptitously run and controlled by competitors and indexed high on the major search engines.
  • A prominent University professor was told of a site with his name and photograph falsely claiming the he was a convicted pedophile.
  • A long established and upstanding franchise company was attacked on scam reporting sites by a disgruntled former franchise holder.
  • A foreign government listed our client on a government agency website selling unregistered securities when the investment/venture fund was not required to register under the law.
  • A joint venture fell apart, and a disturbed participant used the web to attack our client by launching a derogatory replica of our client’s site and advertising it through a pay per click campaign.
  • A dissatisfied distributor of our client’s products used a copy of the client’s e-mail customer list to send out defamatory emails to all of the client’s customers.
  • Our European client was defamed on a website chat board in the US despite clear liability under UK law for the publication of such information accessible by its UK customers.
  • A former employee initiated a “spam” campaign involving the mailing of millions of emails purporting to be from our client, resulting in a deluge of irate responses and threats as well as ISP blacklisting.
  • Competing companies started posting links to state consumer affairs offices trying to get an investigation undertaken of our client.
  • Dissatisfied customers of our client decide to publish defamatory statements that quickly show up on the first page of organic Google results.
  • Our client’s business was initially referred to by a popular blogger as a “scam”, an inaccurate description requiring immediate attention since the results were showing up at the top of Google’s results.
  • A business was told it would have to pay a very significant amount of money for a defamatory posting to be removed from a rip off reporting site.
  • A fast growing web company had a disgruntled employee go directly to several federal agencies, potentially resulting in the initiation of an investigation.
  • An internet company was sued for a declaratory judgment on the West Coast resulting from our client’s complaints about defamatory posts and threats of legal action before we were hired.
  • The major business bureau issued a fraud warning on our client, threatening the existence of its business, without having conducted adequate due diligence and appropriate analysis to fully understand the nature of the business.
  • An unknown party was posting a photograph and defamatory statements about our client, a well known internet businessman, leading to embarassing questions and inconvenience.
  • Our client, a leading international physician, was faced with a disgruntled former patient undertaking a web based campaign to impugn his reputation.
  • The President of an online marketing company was in the “cross hairs” of a former client. The former client launched a site dedicated to attacking our client’s business and posted links on a major scam website to his personal site, demanding money to take it down.
  • A high profile lawyer had been under investigation in the late 1990s in connection with fraudulent transactions. No charges were ever brought, but the original newspaper articles (with inaccuracies) remained on the web for all the world to see, highly indexed in Google results.
  • A disgruntled customer posted a string of defamatory comments on its website and demanded an exorbitant sum to take them down.
  • A former customer of our homebuilder client posted doctored images on the web showing alleged shoddy workmanship.
  • A major financial industry company had a disgruntled customer launch an all out attack on the company on the website, in chat rooms, on bulletin boards, and in the press.
  • An “industry rating” website had our client baffled…the great majority of complaints were about them. After investigation, it became clear that the site was owned and controlled by its chief competitor.
  • Our physician client’s reputation was attacked when a competitor posted disparaging feedback on a medical industry rating site.
  • Our client, a popular band’s lead singer, was defamed online through a compaign publicizing false images posted and distributed online.
  • A major publisher ran a story years ago on our client which contained major factual inaccuracies that were derogatory in nature and the story is now indexed by major search engines and readily available.
  • An auction house client’s quality of goods sold are placed in a false light by a competing auctioneer through extensive posts on industry websites.
  • An international stock trading consulting website client located in the Middle East is attacked by a competing site falsely claiming its proprietary formula for evaluating and managing publicly traded stock transactions does not work.
  • Our client, an online trainer for stock day traders, is the target of a competitor’s false claims through a form of comparative advertising in which the quality of our client’s services is misrepresented.
  • A prominent professional and college professor retained us because a former business acquaintance posted false information about him on the most popular industry site for his profession.
  • A major business consulting firm (our client) was the target of an extortion attempt through the launch of websites attacking the company.
  • A purported “scam” reporting site and a “rip off” reporting site teamed up to launch an extortion effort against our client by permitting, and encouraging, the publication on the sites of defamatory comments.
  • A major niche retailer retained us because a disgruntled customer was posting false information about our client on the industry bulletin board.
  • Our innovative marketing client in the real estate industry had a former employee begin publishing false statements online and then he demanded extortion payments in order to stop.
  • Our governmental affairs client was faced with online hatchet jobs carried out by opposing political interests.
  • A real estate company was attacked by a competitor through a campaign of false accusations online.
  • A software development community website was being defamed and labeled a fraud by parties located in the UK, Eastern Europe, and Middle East.
  • A former employee of our IT technology consulting firm client was posting false allegations on job sites and in emails to employees and contractors.
  • Online forums contained long dialogues between multiple parties of false and disparaging comments about our client, a prominent businessman.
  • A law firm retained us after it had been the subject of a series of newspaper articles that contained false information, were now available online and at the top of search results.
  • A prominent consultancy was being victimized by grossly false and reckless “factual” claims on a major business industry forum.
  • A residential construction client was the subject of an online attack containing false claims by a former customer.
  • Our internationally known physician client was faced with a website launched solely to publish falsified photographs of his work by a dissatisfied former patient.
  • A franchise company was faced with high search engine ranked blog attacks alleging fraud, all stemming from disgruntled former franchisees working together.
  • A local retailer’s competitor started publishing false assertions of illegal conduct, which led to the risk of law enforcement authorities getting involved based upon false information.
  • Our client’s major online competitor funded and supported a “review” website that appeared to be an objective gripe site exposing misconduct; not surprisingly it contained a string of negative posts about our client.
  • Ater entering into a settlement agreement with a non-disparagement clause, our client’s competitor began publishing false and defamatory information on its site about our client.
  • A group of individuals banned from our client’s popular forum formed a competing forum focused on disparaging our client’s reputation.
  • A search engine optimization company was attacked by a competing company through the publication of accurate facts portrayed in a false context.
  • A convicted child molester and extortionist launched a website claiming to have acquired an ownership interest in our client’s leading business consultancy.
  • The Hollywood movie database falsely listed our client, a successful businessman, as having acted in adult movies as a porn star.
  • A family entertainment industry forum was used by disgruntled customers to attack our client’s business with false accusations.
  • Our client’s mortgage industry product was attacked (product disparagement) by a web based mortgage broker attempting to push competing products and drive traffic to his site with high ranking organic search on our client’s product name.
  • A disgruntled former employee launched a website attacking his former employer with false claims of criminal misconduct.
  • A competitor to our client in the vitamin and food supplement online industry launched a “scam report” website which, of course, had extensive false postings concerning our client and others in the industry.
  • A consumer advocacy website and other online venues contained defamatory postings about our client’s highly successful online jewelry business.
  • Our realtor client was being attacked by another business on a review site and the results were coming up on the first page of organic search results.
  • A consulting client was being defamed through the association of her company with alleged misconduct of someone else, and the posts were coming up in organic search results for her company.
  • A prominent physician was falsely alleged to be a pedophile on a popular website.
  • A business seminar company was defamed by false postings on industry boards from a dis-satisfied student.
  • Porn sites were using our prominent business executive’s name in meta tags to attract traffic, giving the allusion of an association with the sites.
  • Our client was accused of being a “cyber- stalker” by an affiliate marketer working for a competitor.
  • An attorney was attacked on a popular gripe site by an unknown party alleging a broad array of false charges.
  • A monastery hired us because it was under attack by an estranged member posting heretical and malicious statements on the Internet.
  • A business representative generating significant referrals was banned from a forum after third party competitors posted false claims of fraud and deceit and the moderator banned her.
  • Competing companies were attacking a new business on multiple blogs with the publication of lies and meritless allegations.
  • A new website needed a risk assessment of the likelihood it would get sued for statements made on a site intended to be a sounding board for an industry.
  • Several “scam reporting” sites were carrying defamatory statements attacking our client’s business posted by allegedly unhappy customers.
  • A construction company was the subject of a website launched falsely attacking its business practices by a party owing over $50,000 for construction word satisfactorily performed.
  • A consultant was alleged to be operating a scam, according to postings on an industry board; a bulleting board that was conveniently located on its primary competitor’s website.
  • We were hired to represent an individual sued due to postings he made on a newsgroup about a company.
  • An automotive parts supplier was defamed on numerous industry boards by an individual unhappy with his product.
  • Our client was publicly, but falsely, accused by a major industry site moderator of posting positive product reviews on its own products, a practice known as “astroturfing”.
  • A prominent physician was alleged to be practicing both sexual harassment and racial discrimination by an anonymous poster on a “gripe site”.
  • Our martial arts client’s business was attacked online by false postings on numerous industry sites by the same individual.
  • We were retained to pursue a poster alleging that our client, a mainstream Internet hosting company, was an email spammer and porn purveyor.
  • A wedding photographer was alleged to be incompetent by a groom who posted false statement about his wedding photographs on a major industry site.
  • A European company retained us because a disgruntled ex-employee had purchases a domain name and launched an attack website against our client.
  • Our client, a former high profile US government lawyer, launched a new web business supporting our troops in Iraq and a new “scam review site” was launched falsely complaining about his product before any product was distributed or sold.
  • An internationally renowned musician hired us because a website owned by lawyers representing food industry personnel had false posts about his restaurant’s practices.
  • A plastic surgeon was the victim of false allegations relating to a nose job and related extortion demands.
  • A prominent medical industry forum and website was used by an employee of a major medical company to falsely allege improprieties by our client who was a fellow employee.
  • A top athlete in a niche sport was the subject of false and damaging statements on the industry forum.
  • Our IT consulting client’s immigration practices were falsely labeled “illegal” on blogs and in forums focused on immigrant rights.
  • A website owner was defamed online and bodily harm threatened in emails sent from an allegedly dissatisfied client.
  • A Chinese technology company’s owner and the company itself were being attacked with a broad range of outrageous and false accusations on industry leading forums.
  • A realtor was threatened in emails and falsely attacked online by the wife of an acquaintance, and we were hired to assist in the criminal charges that had been brought by local prosecutors.
  • A television personality’s integrity and reputation were attacked on multiple sites to the point that the only results on Google searches for our client were absurd, false, and very damaging claims.
  • A liberal animal rights organization provoked extensive, outrageous and false attacks against the family of an individual allegedly involved in animal cruelty.
  • A syndicated radio and television personality was under attack by an obsessed blogger turned website owner who was launching new websites dedicated to attacking our client with false and malicious accusations.
  • A realtor selling a real estate tycoon’s condominium project was targeted and attacked online by a disgruntled purchaser.
  • A well known scientist was the subject of an online stalker and she was constantly trying to disrupt his business projects.
  • An education related web business was attacked with claims by former customers that our client’s business was a “scam”.
  • A company in the Bahamas was the target of the posting of false and misleading pricing information that caused prospective clients to insist upon price reductions.
  • Unknown parties launched a campaign against our client claiming his business was a fraud and operating in violation of law.

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The Internet Defamation Lawyer

If it really matters, then you need a defamation lawyer who knows the Internet, the web, the netizens, the scofflaws, the scams, and the details of the business of the web. As an Internet defamation lawyer, we live and breath the business of the web every day, and we are called upon by Fortune 500 companies to small mom and pop corner businesses to solve the toughest problems. Whether you are faced with rampant internet defamation of character or a specific case of defamation of character of your business, you need Cybertriallawyer.com defamation lawyers. Call us. You will be surprised by our depth of experience and breadth of knowledge.

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