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If you suffer from defamation on the internet, you might want to find out if anyone else had suffered from the same issue and whether there was someone out there who was able to successfully help them. Sometimes with common online defamation issues we put out a case study to help others learn and benefit from our extensive internet law experience.

Defamation on the internet case studies
  • Defamation by an Ex-Employee

    Defamation by an ex-employee. What can I do about it?

    It is not uncommon for disgruntled former employees to go on a campaign of defamation against their former employer’s company.

    The defamation normally occurs through blogs, emails and by initiation of discussion groups in forums aimed at throwing as much dirt as possible at the former employee's company.

  • Injunction harassment. The case of Jesus Espinosa Vadillo

    Online harassment can occur even if the information published is true

     This is another ground-breaking internet law case by Cohen Davis solicitors. Lawyer Yair Cohen instructed by a former senior employee at the United Nations to put an end to harassment on the internet by another UN employee.

    Protection from Harassment interim injunction obtained by Cohen Davis in favour of former senior UN employee  RADA-ORTIZ and ESPINOSA VADILLO [2015] EWHC 2175 (QB).

    Meet Jesus Espinosa Vadillo, a former United Nations' (“UN”) temporary employee. In 2014 JEV, who worked as an interpreter at the UN's International Maritime Organisation (“IMO”), felt aggrieved about the way he believed he was being treated by his department manager.

  • "I was retaining their services all the way from the USA"

    “I was directed to the Cohen Davis Team from another lawyer who stated that he had seen a presentation by this group and felt that they had the know-how to deal with the particulars of my situation. Taking their advice, I contacted Cohen Davis. From moment one, the lawyers and their staff were courteous and attentive. I felt heard and understood every step of the way. They stayed in contact every step of the way and guided me with care. This was incredible considering that I was retaining their services all the way from the USA and we had a huge time zone gap to deal with. I hope never to need their services again but I would recommend them without hesitation."
    E Perez,
    New York, USA

      

  • Defamation by investors on social media

    Defamation by investors - defamation against a company

    In a case that is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK concerning online defamation by investors against a company, online defamation and social media specialist solicitor firm Cohen Davis won damages for its PLC client, a gold mining company Red Rock Resources (RRR) after the company was defamed on social media by one of its small yet vocal investors.

  • Remove defamation from Ripoff Report 23 October 2013

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    Pages removed from: Rip Off Report.

    Date of removal: 23 October 2013.

    Number of web pages removed: 2.

    Additional information: Removed defamation from RipOffReport. Obtained disclosure orders and identified poster who was subsequently arrested, prosecuted and convicted at Iselworth Crown Court. We

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  • Injunction online harassment. The case of DDF

    When harassment occurs on social media we will obtain an injunction, anonymise our client and allow her to continue with uninterrupted use of her social media account.

    This can be particularly beneficial if you are a celebrity or if you depend on the social media account for work.

    Protection from Harassment injunction obtained by Cohen Davis in favour of our client in the case of DDF v YYZ (unreported, 5 June 2015).

    In the case of DDF v YYZ, Cohen Davis obtained an injunction against an unknown Instagram user who harassed our client via the social media website Instagram. Our client, who we anonymised in the court order, was working in the entertainment industry and was relying on Instagram for his work as well as for personal communications.

  • Defamation by investors solicitor - large companies

    Meet Gary. Gary was a small investor in listed public companies who held shares in a gold mining company RRR PLC. As an active investor, Gary used to be involved in online investment forums such as Interactive Investors.

  • "Thank you and your team so very much for giving us our lives back."

    “I would like to very deeply thank Yair, Louise and Adam for giving my family, in particular my sons a more stress free normal life. It is a great weight of my shoulders not to have people pre judge me and my family through reading the my search results in Google, which created the wrong image about what sort of person I was, and tainted the integrity of my family members. Thank you and your team so very much for giving us our lives back. I will always be grateful for the very professional way the team handled my case, I cannot express adequately in words the peace of mind and freedom you have given to my family. thank you once again.

    Kindest Regards "

    EW,
    Lincolnshire

      

  • Removing defamation from Google

    Is it possible to remove defamatory web pages from Google?

    Interesting data was recently released by Google concerning the removal of offending web content from the products it owns.

    The data is focused on government requests to Google to remove content. It is not clear if the information that Google has published includes court orders in civil matters, where the court, in effect, acts as a government agency.

  • "I knew I had come to the right place from day one"

    “I would just like to say an absolute massive thank you to you and your team on behalf of myself and my family. I knew I had come to the right place from day one. The service you and your staff have provided has been first class and we will forever be in debt to yourselves.
    Seriously we cannot thank you enough! I wish you all the best with everything you do. If I can ever help yourselves in any way in the future no matter what please just ask."
    G Rowlands,
    Cheshire

      

  • How to remove criminal record from Google

    In our younger days, some of us did things we later came to regret. We wronged people or made them upset. Guilty as charged. We can't turn back the wheels of time, however and usually we mature and move on to better and greater things.

    But what if, out of the blue, an indiscretion from 10, 20, or 30 years ago suddenly resurfaces, wreaking havoc on our family life, our business, our achievements, our good name? It resurfaces because someone causes it to, in order to destroy everything we have worked for.

  • Remove from Google ICO right to be forgotten application

    Our client was employed as a manager by a company in the financial services industry. An article in a national newspaper (also published online) revealed some of the practices employed by that company and effectively had made our client a scapegoat to the company’s alleged wrongdoing.

    When news broke out about the company’s alleged practices, it allowed our client to become a scapegoat and did nothing to try and defend its practices or our client’s position as an employee

  • "The mental and emotional support Cohen Davis gave us is second to none and is greatly appreciated"

    “I instructed Cohen Davis on a very complicated matter of online harassment campaign against myself together with a large group of people. It involved hundreds of internet posts targeting large number of individuals.
    I am a lawyer myself and Cohen Davis as I discovered has an efficient system that is designed to deal with large scale onlne harassment campaigns, which made our project far easier to manage than I imagined.
    The firm is totally undeterred by scale, difficulties and challenges and their client care is just fantastic.
    They gave us all rounded advice on privacy, defamation, harassment and PR as the online harassment campaign against us affected some of our businesses too.
    I would say the firm is definitely highly knowledgeable of internet law here in England and in other
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  • Unmasking Internet Trolls the case of Paul Britton and Origin Design

    Cohen Davis has won in the case of Phipps v Britton an apology and substantial damages from Paul Britton and his company Origin Design Ltd after they defamed and harassed our client him in a series of websites. The apology took the form of a statement in open court read before His Honour Judge Moloney QC on Wednesday 20 May 2015.

    Discovering the identity of internet commentators who post abusive and defamatory content online and who use an anonymous identity to defame you or your business, is often a hugely challenging, if at times impossible task and one that continues to be a global problem for victims of such internet abuse. The police in any jurisdiction will typically be very limited in being able to assist in circumstances of anonymous internet abuse and from our experience we have seen that such complaints usually go unanswered.

  • Defamation with SEO

    How SEO is used to spread defamation

    Everyone has a soft spot. Being called a certain bad name in public could cause you a lot of damage and harm your career.

    For example, a doctor might be described as "negligent", a solicitor as "incompetent", a builder as a "cowboy", or a teacher as "stupid". Such labels would be regarded by any of these people as a personal attack on their reputation and integrity.

    But perhaps the most harmful insult of all was suffered by a top civil servant who was a social worker for the Children’s Service at a district council in the north of the country.

  • Defamation by competitors

    Have you recently suffered defamation by competitors?

    Online defamation by competitors is not unheard of. Below is one classic example of defamation by competitors of a small family business. 

    Jeff Clark, a husband and a father of three children ages 3, 6, and 10, has always loved cars. He has been fixing them since he was 12, and has worked in local garages around the Manchester area for many years.

  • Defamation and injunctions lawyers

    Can I obtain an injunction against Google?

    The first UK Google injunction was obtained in 2011 by Yair Cohen.  The order required Google to reveal personal details of individuals who were defaming a UK business on the internet.

    The claimant, who was seeking the injunction against Google was a news publishing group, Wyvern Media, which at the time was servicing tens of thousands of customers each year. Despite Wyvern's genuine attempt to satisfy them all, a small number of customers remained disgruntled.

  • How to overcome negative online reviews

    It is possible to ease the pain caused by online defamation through principles of tactical transparency. There are numerous examples of organisations that for a period of time suffered sustained attacks on their reputation but nevertheless managed to come out at the end of the dark tunnel cleaner, stronger and loved by their customers.

  • Fake online reviews

    It is estimated by researchers that between 16 to 20 per cent of social media reviews are fake. We believe however that the real number is much higher.

    We believe that between 50 to 65 per cent of all online reviews are fake.

    A research by Harvard Business School entitled“Fake It Till You Make It: Reputation, Competition, and Yelp Review Fraud 24 September 2013” points to an emerging industry of fake review creation, which is primarily being driven by business owners who either leave positive reviews for themselves, negative reviews for their competitors or a combination of both.

  • Defamation injunctions

    Internet defamation, is becoming more and more a survival issue for a growing number of individuals and organisations across the UK.

    In most cases where we are instructed to remove defamation from the internet, we do so successfully and without putting our clients through expensive litigation. In most cases we can facilitate the removal of defamatory web pages through an affordable, yet persuasive Cease and Desist letter or by negotiations.

    Even if the offending website is located outside the jurisdiction of the English Courts, a well drafted letter might still be sufficient to have the defamatory content removed.

    However, more and more internet service providers such as Google and Bing ask for a court order before they agree to remove defamation from their

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  • Why you should you care about online reviews

    When was the last time you searched online for information about ‎your own company? If the answer to this question is ‎‎“never” then you are not alone. But you also need to read on…‎

    Many organisations spend little or no time in researching ‎themselves on the internet. This makes sense on the face of ‎it; what could you possibly learn that you don’t already ‎know? ‎But it is precisely this subconscious dismissal of the notion ‎that you could find something out that you don’t already ‎know that enables negative ‘information’ from going ‎undetected for so long and causing so much damage.

Is Yelp.com faking it?

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