Before you sue for defamation…many clients who are the victims of defamation of character on the internet ask whether or not they should sue for defamation?
As with most other areas of law, the first task of an experienced internet defamation lawyer is to perform an assessment of the particular facts and circumstances for each individual client. No two on-line defamation issues are the same.
There are a number of factors that could cause your internet defamation attorney to recommend that you immediately sue, including the severity of the problem and whether or not the person who posted the defamatory content is anonymous. In many defamation matters, one of the most important legal issues is to identify the author of the defamatory post or comment. Oftentimes, the only way to identify the anonymous author is to issue a subpoena. The only way to issue a subpoena is to file a court complaint pleading defamation of character. Another factor which will potentially trigger an immediate lawsuit for defamation is the severity of the harm being experienced. If the defamatory statements are coming back in the first couple of search results on Google, or being posted to your friends and business associates on Facebook or Twitter, then your internet defamation lawyer may recommend that you sue right out of the gate.
In many instances, there are a number of initial, more cost-effective steps before filing an online defamation lawsuit. You should contact an experienced internet defamation attorney in order to fully understand your options, the proven strategies for removing defamatory statements from the internet, and the budget you have available for pursuing the matter. Obviously, a defamation of character lawsuit can be expensive and needs to make sense on a return on investment basis.
If you have been the subject of internet defamation, slander, or libel, it’s best to partner with an attorney that’s already well-versed in internet law. Our experienced internet law firm can help you protect your reputation and will aid you in removing defamatory postings.