Apr 2012

Preventing Slander with Repumatic

Many people will think that they have a case for a lawsuit once they read something negative about themselves online. However, most of them have never put serious research into the question — what is slander? So, what is slander?

Slander is a major problem online in which individuals and companies suffer from lies which are spread online specifically to harm their reputations. Repumatic is a service that is being offered to users to hlep them to avoid slander to begin with, or to repair the damage after it has been done. Repumatic is free, but it is also high quality.

Repumatic was created by Chris Martin, the founder and CEO of Reputation Hawk LLC. Martin has been involved in various aspects of the Internet reputation management industry since 2007. He was one of the first specialists in web reputation management.


Feb 2012

Serious Allegations: The Online World and Doctors

Doctors catch a lot of flack and this article is a great example. The commenter online went way overboard in their attempt to make the doctor look bad–you cannot defame someone just because it’s online.

Petta also created her own website and claimed the doctor was not board-certified and was under investigation by the state medical board, according to court records. Petta obtained phone numbers for Dr. Carlotti’s patients and called them to assert the same allegations. She complained to the medical board about the Carlottis’ practice, according to court documents.

Those are serious allegations that require evidence to back them up. This is what slander is–the spreading of an untruth purposefully with the intend to harm the reputation of an individual.

Feb 2012

Facing Facts About Online Slander

When people wonder what slander is, it is often because they simply don’t understand the parameters of slander or libel. Google+ is one system that has actually allowed for even more online slander to occur.

Just like a company, your reputation is impacted by what people find about you online. Up to 95% of a person’s perception of you is derived by what they find in search results. As we all know, the most commonly used search engine these days is Google, so that means that people researching you will be accessing Google – and what shows up there has the biggest impact on your reputation.

Google+ is a unique system with a lot of positive aspects, but that doesn’t mean anyone should turn a blind eye to the system’s ability to push online slander and libel.

Sep 2011

Slander or Truth

Apparently a Seattle-Area man is being threatened with a lawsuit because he reviewed a company on Yelp and the company believes the review to be slander. So what is slander? Well, essentially it is when someone says or posts something they know to be false and that untrue statement has the ability to harm the reputation of the other entity.

“I feel like there are some First Amendment rights involved here,” JT says. “I didn’t say anything that was slanderous, libelous or defamatory. I stated something that was true. It wasn’t pretty, but it was true.”However, Greg Lawless, the Seattle lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the property management company, says the review contains information that is “flat out wrong.” Lawless claims his client, David Poletti did try to have a dialogue with JT on Yelp to iron things out, as Poletti has done with other online reviews, but that he was unsuccessful. Lawless claims the legal action was taken; not to suppress JT’s opinion, which he says is “welcome,” but to clear up what Lawless calls inaccuracies.

So who do you think is right? Let me know in the comments below.

Jul 2011

What Is Slander

Slander is one of a great many legal terms which concern the communication of an expressly negative or factually implied statement which makes a claim against a nation, group, government, individual, or business and has a publicly noted negative impact. In order for a claim of slander to have legal gravitas, it is usually the case that the statement must be false in actuality and also stated to another entity outside of the person or group which is actually being referred to in the statement.

The other terms which serve as legal synonyms or tangential expressions to the term slander are calumny, vilification, and traducement. The umbrella term for all of these legal terms is “defamation.”

Slander is not to be confused with libel. Libel, although another term of defamation, deals expressly with a statement that is published by a professional entity, either written, broadcast, or otherwise.

Libel does not have to be written, and can refer to any form of media through which communication is made, including images, cartoons and video. Specifically, slander refers to a publicly stated, but not published, instance of a malicious, false, and otherwise defamatory statement or report. In legal theory, a publicly stated communication of slander does not have to consist of words, but can include gestures or other forms of non verbal communication as well, although these instances are much harder to prove in a court of law.

Most jurisdictions allow civil and criminal proceedings in cases of alleged slander, so as to defer baseless accusations which harm the professional and personal reputations of others, and for the retaliation against criticism which has no basis or a faulty basis. Slander can also include the “public disclosure of private facts,” which is defined as the public disclosure of private facts about a person or entity that hold no bearing to the public, and the disclosure of which a reasonable person would find offensive.

In civil cases, the distinction of slander as either a tort of defamation or a tort of false light is a slim one, based mostly in whether the facts in question turn out to be based on what a reasonable person could consider truthful information.

Though slander is usually limited to the living, ten states (Colorado, Idaho, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington) allow criminal prosecution against those who allegedly slander the dead. In many countries across Europe, criminal prosecution of slander is much more common. In the United States, criminal prosecution of alleged slander is technically possible, but very seldom invoked in actual court cases.

Listed below are some other resources concerning the question “What is slander?”

  1. http://injury-law.freeadvice.com/injury-law/libel_and_slander/slander.htm
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation
  3. http://www.medialaw.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Public_Resources/Libel_FAQs/Libel_FAQs.htm