The next time you write an online review, be careful. You might get sued. But what about when you're the aggrieved party who do you call? That's where Boutique Defamation Lawyers can help.
These days the opportunity to publish your opinions online are virtually endless. Google, Facebook and all manner of social media sites are indexed and recorded for posterity by large complex information systems. What you did in Vegas may have once stayed in Vegas. Now what you do in Vegas is likely to be included in someone's Facebook post and on thousands of other people's feeds, updated on reddit, instagram, pinterest or literally hundreds or thousand's of other sites worldwide. The damage can be exponential, not just local and lateral. The potential to share and distribute information with just click of a button is unlimited.
There are stories of people being sued for leaving negative reviews on sites. If that's happened to you, you will need a legal professional to draft, prepare and serve proper legal notice. If you have been the subject of an illegal campaign to damage, discredit, defame, and libel you or your business it's time to act. Where statements are false, defamatory, libellous, and slanderous, they can constitute trade libel and place you, your business or your products and services in a false light and severe risk.
Companies have every right to sue people who write reviews on websites that they may feel are libellous or defamatory.
- In 2012, a Virginia court sided with a contractor who received a negative review from a woman on Yelp, claiming defamation. The woman who wrote the review said the service was poor and accused the contractor of stealing her jewellery. She was sued for $750,000.
- In 2011, a book author sued a man, though unsuccessfully, who wrote negative reviews about his book on Amazon. And in 2006, a woman in Florida won $11.3 million in a lawsuit resulting from defamatory remarks on an Internet message board.