The Dangers of Online Reputation | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | April 11th, 2011

WestLaw News & Insight is a website that can help anyone interested in virtually any legal topic. It is particularly useful for those legal areas which are constantly evolving and changing, still. One of those areas, online defamation, is covered by WestLaw really well. This article concerns the evolving law facing online posters.


In Jeffrey M. Miller, et ano v. Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc., et al, Indiana Superior Court, Marion County, Cause No. 49D14-1003-PL-014761, a former CEO of a non-profit organization, in an effort to expand a pending defamation action, sought to identify the person who posted, under the name “DownWithTheColts,” allegedly defamatory comments about the CEO on the website of the Indianapolis Star. He sought an order compelling the Star to disclose information, such as the poster’s Internet Protocol address, that would identify the pseudonymous poster.


The Communications Decency Act covers the idea that the website, The Star, might be liable for the commenter’s statements, they aren’t. And the CEO doesn’t seem to be seeking damages from The Star, he simply wants to know the identity of the individuals whom, he says, defamed him.

Online commenters should be careful about what they say online, even if they think they have anonymous protections. Online reputations matter these days, they can effect whether you get hired by a company or not. Google Reputation Management is the industry that can attest to this fact.


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