Most people that we talk to don’t realize the benefits of hiring an online reputation management attorney, instead of a web-marketing company or SEO expert, to thwart online privacy attacks, intellectual property issues, and online reputation management services.
Although web-marketing companies and SEO experts do offer viable solutions in certain situations, they are often less effective, take more time, and cost more money than an attorney. Furthermore, they aren’t usually geared at completely removing malicious and defamatory online information, but suppressing it in the search results. That’s right, that means the information is still there – it’s just hidden.
Working with an experienced online reputation attorney and expert is integral for protecting and repairing your online reputation. Don’t believe us? In this piece we’re going to look at three core reasons why you should choose an attorney over web-marketing company or SEO expert next time (or the first time) your reputation is being libeled, defamed, or maliciously attacked online.
But first, we’re going to take a look at just some of the personal and professional consequences and repercussions one may face after being falsely accused, attacked, or defamed online.
Reputation Repair Tip: Looking to catch online defamation and false online attacks before they spread? Setting up a Google Alerts account is a proactive and effective method towards combating online defamation. Simply input your name, or your name in conjunction with a string of keywords, and receive alerts anytime your name is mentioned online!
If you’ve been the victim of disparaging or libelous online attacks, the defamation and reputation management lawyers of Minc Law want to fight for you!
At Minc Law, we know the ins and outs of online defamation law, and have secured hundreds of online defamation takedowns and removals (all for a flat, reasonable fee). Our reputation management attorneys have litigated in over 19 states and 3 countries, and know specifically who to work with, and how to work with them, in order to secure swift and permanent online defamation removals.
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To schedule your free, initial no-obligation attorney consultation, call us at (216) 373-7706, or schedule a meeting online by filling out our online contact form.
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Common Consequences of Online Defamation & False Attacks
When dealing with online defamation and false online accusations, it’s important to understand that it’s similar to a wildfire. The longer you let it set and spread, the more damage it’s going to do to your personal and professional life.
You might be thinking, “how bad exactly could it be?” Below are just some of the severe consequences online defamation and malicious attacks can have on your professional and personal reputation.
|Personal Reputation||Professional Reputation
|Mental anguish, anxiety, depression, & other physical symptoms||Loss of customers, business, & declining bottom-line
|Humiliation & embarrassment ||Loss of sponsorships, advertising, & partnerships
|Undue strain placed on personal relationships (friends, family, love), including irreparable damage or severance altogether ||Being fired & increased criticism from coworkers & community
|Being ostracized or ridiculed by one’s community||Denial of future employment opportunities & advancement
|Paranoia & fear for personal safety||Having to close one’s doors for good
Online Reputation Management Tip: When removing online defamation and malicious attacks, it’s important you document everything. Doing so will not only strengthen your case, but help refute any evidence by the opposing party that you tampered with evidence. At Minc Law, we highly recommend screenshotting all offending material and also having a trusted friend or family member do so as well.
Keep in mind, the above is a non-exhaustive list of some of the potential consequences persons subject to online defamation and attacks may face in their personal and professional lives. If you’re a victim of malicious online attacks and libel, we strongly recommend reaching out to an experienced Internet and reputation attorney today!
Now that we’ve tackled some common consequences associated with false online attacks, let’s turn to three key reasons why you should consider hiring an attorney for online reputation management.
Reason One: Results – Complete Removal of Libelous & False Content
Unlike web-marketing companies and services which only look to suppress content by disguising content in popular keywords and structure, experienced Internet and online management attorneys can usually completely remove all damaging content from the Internet and Google search results.
There’s numerous effective methods for online reputation attorneys to utilize when seeking to remove damaging online content, including:
- Sending a cease and desist letter,
- Contacting webmasters and Internet Service Providers (ISPs),
- Working with online content managers or third-party arbitration firms,
- Sending a DMCA takedown notice for infringing intellectual property, &
- Obtaining a court-ordered removal or restraining order (if necessary).
Take note that these are all seen as permanent options of removal, and do not simply just suppress or bury unsavory search results.
Furthermore, online reputation management attorneys and experts can also subpoena parties to obtain information necessary to identify anonymous users and discover the true source of harmful attacks. This is important because in most online defamation cases, defamation victims are under the impression their best chance of legal recourse is against the website provider or ISP, when in reality, it’s actually against the individual malicious and libelous poster.
That’s not to say web-marketing companies and services aren’t a viable option, because they are, however they should be treated as a secondary option. After all, what’s better – having information and malicious online posts completely removed or merely covered up?
So, why else should you hire an online reputation attorney to remove false and libelous online attacks?
Libel Removal Tip: Make sure when confronting online defamation that you understand the difference between libel and slander. Libel refers to a false written or published communication to a third-party which damages another’s reputation, while slander refers to a false spoken statement. When bringing a defamation claim, depending on whether you have a libel or slander claim, you’ll likely have differing statutes of limitations (shorter for slander claims), so remember to identify the proper form in which the defamation was conveyed.
If you’ve found malicious or false posts about you online and are unsure about your legal options, reach out to an experienced Internet defamation lawyer today to help formulate a strategic and effective defamation takedown gameplan.
Reason Two: Cost-Effective Results in Less Time
Not only are the results achieved by an Internet removal attorney better than an SEO or web-marketing expert or agency, but they can usually get such desired results in less time and at less cost. And, in many situations, experienced Internet and reputation attorneys can get damaging content removed IMMEDIATELY.
Remember, time is of the essence. Don’t delay.
One of the core downsides of hiring a web-marketing company or agency is that SEO and Internet search result suppression is a process – one that can take months, or even years before content is actually hidden. Waiting months for unguaranteed results is unacceptable, and poses a serious threat to your reputation. Every moment that a piece of damaging and defamatory content remains online increases the changes that a future customer, friend, family member, loved one, co-worker, or Internet stranger, will see the material.
Additionally, if action isn’t take immediately in order to contain and completely remove harmful and defamatory online content, the material can be:
- Automatically copied,
- Reposted, or
- Disseminated even further.
At Minc Law, we like to refer to this as the “Whack-a-mole” or “Monkey See, Monkey Do” effect – meaning that people are easily impressionable and willing to distribute and pass on defamatory information online due the relative anonymity afforded by the Internet and removal from the source.
If removing damaging and false online content immediately is a high priority, we highly recommend you contact an experienced internet defamation attorney to discuss your options and formulate a takedown gameplan.
Online Defamation Removal Fact: There’s certain types of statements which defamation law considers so inherently defamatory and damaging that plaintiffs need not prove they suffered damages – such legal doctrine is referred to as ‘Defamation Per Se.” Most U.S. states recognize four categories of statements which are considered ‘per se’: (1) statements imputing a loathsome disease, (2) statements imputing unchastity or sexual promiscuity, (3) statements imputing the commission of a crime, and (4) statements implying a person is unfit for their work, profession, business, or job.
Reason Three: Professionalism – Who Would You Trust?
One thing you’ll encounter when looking to remove online defamation and false accusations from websites is that most websites offer removal or suppression services that seem too good to be true. And, for the most part, they are. Typically, companies will “guarantee” that they can suppress negative content for absurdly low prices.
Furthermore, other websites may even solicit the posting of defamatory information on their website in return for a removal. Several websites to keep an eye on are TheDirty.com, Ripoffreport.com, and Cheaterville.com. All have caused quite considerable contention in the online defamation community due to the seamingly lawless platform offered up for users to post literally anything. All three websites fall under the category of a user-generated content platform (UGC) – a website where the crux of their content is created and curated by its users.
Finally, a good portion of user-generated content platforms will provide a link to “arbitration” or “removal services.” Although some of these websites do offer legitimate mediums to remove malicious and false online content, there have been several notable cases where it was found such UGCs were in cahoots with the third-party removal services proffered on their website.
All attorneys are held to high ethical standards under the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, so take solace in knowing that when working with licensed and regulated attorneys, you’ll be receiving honest and LEGAL advice. And, if your legal issue is one that is private in nature and requires the utmost discretion, speaking with an attorney is completely confidential and privilege – meaning they are under a legal duty to keep all conversations private.
The old ages of “you get what you pay for” and “if it’s too good to be true, it is” both remain sound advice when seeking assistance with your online reputation and libel removals. If you’re looking for not only professional services and confidentiality, but cost-effective and swift results, talk to an Internet removal attorney today.
U.S. Defamation Law Fact: In the wild world of defamation law, the United States is typically considered a pro-defendant defamation jurisdiction due to the longstanding enforcement of the First Amendment and U.S. Constitution, while European and other Commonwealth countries (eg. United Kingdom, Canada, Australia) are generally considered more pro-plaintiff.
Work With the Online Reputation Management Experts & Defamation Removal Attorneys of Minc Law Today!
If you’ve been the victim of online defamation or other false online attacks, the internet defamation attorneys of Minc Law want to fight for your reputation. At Minc Law, our attorneys are experienced in Internet related defamation matters and will assist in protecting your online reputation and brand.
We boast a nearly 100% online defamation removal rate, and all for a flat, reasonable fee.
Why Hire Minc Law? Here’s what you can expect when working with the online reputation management lawyers of Minc Law:
- Respect & Courtesy: We understand how stressful, overwhelming, and invasive online defamation and other malicious attacks can be, so just know that we’re always on your side. After all, your goals are our goals.
- Open Communication: At Minc Law, we pride ourselves on open channels of communication, and will make sure to stay in constant contact with you regarding the details (and any updates) of your case.
- We Get Results: Having secured hundreds of online defamation takedowns and removals, the Minc Law lawyers know who to work with and how to work with them. We’ve worked tirelessly with countless website administrators, content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and permanent removals. At Minc Law, we get results.
To schedule your initial, no-obligation consultation, call us at (216) 373-7706 or fill out our contact form online.
It’s time to take your reputation back.