What are the Communications Decency Act’s Limits?

Like fake news stories, fake consumer reviews mislead trusting readers, decrease market competition, and devalue the businesses and individuals the fake reviews attack. You’ve heard the Russian proverb President Ronald Reagan popularized: trust but verify. When it comes to consumer … Continue reading

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The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

Every day it seems more consumers rely on and create online reviews for products and services businesses offer. Individuals might search for reviews on sites such as Yelp or TripAdvisor or through Google before they buy a product or book … Continue reading

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Keeping Private Public Records Private: Slater v. Arizona Board of Regents

When college or university faculty members are accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, the institution is tasked with assessing and investigating the allegations and responding appropriately. The goals may seem straightforward: address the situation, help remedy the effects, and … Continue reading

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Why Burke Ramsey Will Win His Defamation Lawsuit against Werner Spitz

On October 6, 2016, through a team of attorneys led by Lin Wood, Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Werner Spitz for defamation. He filed the lawsuit in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for Wayne County. You may view the complaint here. If … Continue reading

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Case Brief: Hassell v. Bird

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal for the State of California decided an important issue involving popular consumer review website Yelp.com. It found that Yelp could be ordered to take down certain defamatory statements a Yelp user posted to … Continue reading

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Do Peyton and Ashley Manning Have a Case against Al Jazeera or Charlie Sly?

This past weekend, Al Jazerra published “The dark side: The secret world of sports doping,”[1] a forty-nine-minute news story. Relying on unsworn and dubious statements Charlie Sly made while he was allegedly being secretly recorded, Al Jazeera published Sly’s defamatory … Continue reading

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Using Civil RICO Statutes to Sue for Internet Extortion

Prospective clients regularly contact our firm asking for our help with the following scenario, one we categorize as extortion by threat of Internet defamation. A former customer, client, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member, spouse, independent contractor, employee, business partner, or business competitor … Continue reading

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Defamed in Colorado? 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Defamation Lawyer

In 2012, I published a popular Avvo.com Legal Guide titled “Defamed in Colorado?” that was based on Colorado’s defamation law at the time. Since then, Colorado’s defamation law has evolved. I’ve consulted with hundreds of prospective Colorado defamation clients. I’ve … Continue reading

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FTC Brings Charges Against Company’s Non-Disparagement Clause

Roca Labs, a Florida-based company that sells a weight loss product it describes as an “alternative to gastric bypass surgery,” has come under fire by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for its use of a non-disparagement clause. The FTC filed … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Defamation Holdings Judges Should Read

  Judging is difficult work, especially when busy judges are unfamiliar with the legal issues they are asked to judge. Below are a few U.S. Supreme Court holdings that I recommend trial and appellate judges tasked to analyze and rule … Continue reading

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