Defamation, be it slander or libel, is more than hurtful, it can also spell the end of a career, a business, or a long-held image in the community, and having a reputable defamation attorney on your side can make a world of difference. Here at Weidner Law, we know how devastating defamation can be and we’re dedicated to protecting your rights, your business, and your local standing in the community.
Defamation Attorney Matthew Weidner
The Evolution of the Canvas of Defamation
As we have become a more digitally connected society, we have opened up our lives to the criticism of anyone with an internet connection. Our mothers would have said “leave it be, walk away”, but when that criticism comes in the form of a defamatory online review of a business that you have worked decades to build…well…sometimes you have to do more than just walk away.
There are, no doubt, many benefits to the accessibility of the online world. There are also a number of great benefits to review websites and feedback forums, but when these tools are used with malice in an effort to injure or damage your business and reputation, something needs to be done.
Remove Defamatory Reviews with the Help of a Seasoned Defamation Attorney
Everyone is entitled to their freedom of speech, but when that freedom is abused and it comes at the cost of a business or reputation, it’s time to consult a defamation attorney.
It doesn’t take much more than one misplaced malicious review to begin a downward spiral for your business. A potential client reads that review before visiting your business and either decide not to bother based on the experience of another or they give you a chance but do so with a preconceived notion. This pre-existing characterization of your business is not something that they will forget or that you can erase and all it takes is the slightest misstep for that new customer to adopt it as their own. This customer then reports back online and before you know it, that one negative comment or review has become the opinion of hundreds of online users. Why? Because even if they didn’t give you their business, they will, undoubtedly, have an opinion on that first skewed comment or review.
It sounds extreme, doesn’t it? It might sound like a conspiracy theory, but the truth is that bad news gets press. When that bad news is online it gets more press and within moments, that initial bad review has spread like wildfire.
There is no doubt that your business is going to suffer and all at the hands of one malicious, false review.
Getting Fake Reviews Removed
Getting fake reviews removed from your business’s online profile may sound as easy as just reporting the incident to the forum where the review was placed, but it rarely is that simple.
These review websites pride themselves in giving the customer the freedom to review a business as they see fit and, in most instances, that wouldn’t be a problem. But when a false review of your business is posted among the fair reviews, it becomes next to impossible to get it removed because the author is being protected under their freedom of speech. Fortunately, in this type of situation, the law is on your side.
When someone purposefully defames your business with their online review, they are breaking the law and you have every right to pursue them for damages and to demand the removal of their defamatory review. With a reputable defamation attorney on your side, these review websites are made to see that what was posted about your business was, indeed, defamatory. They are prompted to remove the review from their site, and they can also be prompted to provide the IP information of the individual responsible. From there, your attorney can subpoena the internet service provider of that ISP and identify the individual responsible by name. This then opens up the opportunity for you to pursue them in court for defamation so that you can recover damages for the consequences of their actions.
It might sound complicated, but fortunately, all of the legwork is done by your defamation attorney. We will deal with contacting companies, we will take care of the legal paperwork, we will do everything we need to so that you can get back to your life as you know it.
Weidner Law Defamation Attorney
We don’t believe that you should have to lose a business that you have worked a lifetime to build as the result of the malicious actions of another, that’s why we are dedicated to helping you to remove negative business reviews and recovering your reputation.