How To Deal With A “Scam” Listing For Your Company’s Name

One of the most devastating listings you can have is a "scam" listing for your name or your company’s brand name on the Internet. I know this because people call me nearly every day and tell me that someone has written something defamatory about them on the Web. However, there are ways to deal with […]

Examples of the Thin line Between Actionable Statements And Mere Opinions

The question of whether a statement constitutes an actionable statement or merely protected opinion is one of the most difficult questions for a judge to consider in the defamation context. In fact, the California Supreme Court said in a case: "The distinction as to what is a statement of fact and what is a statement […]

The California Supreme Court’s anti-SLAPP Decisions

Here is a list of the California Supreme Court’s 24 decisions to date regarding the SLAPP statute. This is a great starting point to learn about this very complicated and interesting area of law. Here they are in reverse chronological order. Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. v. Pierce Gore (2010) WL 1948283 Vargas v. City of […]

Protecting Your Reputation Before Internet Defamation Occurs

I tell prospective clients on almost a daily basis that they need to protect their reputation on the internet before the unthinkable occurs–before they are defamed. Unfortunately for most of them, the defamation has already happened and we are faced with the challenge of dealing with a permanent negative. But you can choose to start […]

A Little Known Requirement in the California anti-SLAPP Statute

I was not surprised last week when a Judge said that anti-SLAPP is a complicated area of law—it most certainly is. There are well over 350 published decisions on the subject, including several California Supreme court decisions. I often tell other lawyers that they need to be very careful in crafting their papers in support […]