Internet Defamation


What is Internet Defamation?

Internet defamation or online defamation is characterized by any false, published statement that unjustly harms the reputation of an individual or business. Unlike traditional defamation, Internet Defamation spreads via digital platforms like social media, forums, blogs, and review sites. In today’s digital era where communication and information spread quickly across these online platforms, the threat of harming one’s reputation has increased significantly.

This digital nature makes it more pervasive and damaging due to the rapid and wide spread of information.

Key Elements of Online Defamation

  • False Statement: The information must be untrue.
  • Publication: The statement must be made available to someone other than the person it’s about.
  • Harm: The statement must cause reputational or financial damage.
  • Negligence or Malice: For public figures, there must be proof of actual malice; for private individuals, negligence must be proven.
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Understanding the Legal Landscape

The legal handling in the USA is complex, governed by both state laws and federal regulations. Typically, defamation law aims to balance free speech, as protected by the First Amendment, with protecting individuals from false and damaging statements.

How Internet Defamation Impacts Individuals and Businesses?

The consequences can be severe and far-reaching. Individuals may suffer from emotional distress, privacy invasion, and personal harm. Businesses, on the other hand, might face decreased customer trust, loss of revenue, and a tarnished brand image. Addressing defamation promptly and effectively is crucial to mitigating these impacts.

Experienced Internet Defamation Lawyers in South Jersey

We are prepared to address and manage these legal aspects. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in the complexities of defamation law as it applies to the digital world, and offer assistance in managing and mitigating the impacts of defamatory content.

Here’s how we can serve you effectively:

  1. Legal Knowledge and Strategy: Our internet defamation lawyers provide legal advice tailored to the specific nuances. They develop strategic legal responses that are aligned with the latest laws and court precedents.
  2. Content Removal: They work through legal channels to request the removal of defamatory content from websites and social media platforms. This often involves negotiating with those who control the content or issuing formal take-down notices.
  3. Reputation Repair: Our internet defamation lawyers assist clients in implementing measures to repair any damage to their reputation. This might include the publication of retractions, corrections, and sometimes managing public relations strategies to restore personal or professional standing.
  4. Litigation: When necessary, our online defamation lawyers will represent clients in court to seek redress or damages caused by defamation. This includes preparing legal documents, representing clients in hearings, and advocating on their behalf throughout the trial process.
  5. Preventive Advice: They also offer counsel on how to prevent future incidents of defamation. This might involve advising on the development of social media policies, content management strategies, and educating clients on the legal implications of online postings.

Benefits of Hiring Our Internet Defamation Lawyers

  • Proven Track Record: Our lawyers have a history of successfully handling online defamation cases. They leverage their successful case outcomes to guide strategy and ensure effective resolution of defamation issues.
  • Efficiency: Quick response and action can prevent further spread and reduce damage.
  • Prevention: Implementing strategies to prevent future incidents of online defamation.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Victims can seek legal injunctions to remove defamatory content and may pursue damages through defamation lawsuits.

The time can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the cooperation of the parties hosting the content.

While individuals can attempt to manage minor cases on their own, attorney’s help is recommended for complex situations due to the legal and technical aspect required.

Costs vary based on the service scope, from monitoring to full legal representation. Most services offer different packages based on client needs.

Safeguard Your Online Presence with Our Internet Defamation Lawyers

If you're facing internet defamation, or want to safeguard against potential online attacks, consider reaching out to Cohen Fineman, LLC. Our South Jersey internet defamation lawyers provide the tools and knowledge necessary to defend and maintain the online integrity of our clients in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, throughout New Jersey and areas of eastern Pennsylvania. Contact us by call our phone number at (856) 304-0699 or by clicking the button below and request a consultation. Discover how you can manage your online reputation effectively with Cohen Fineman, LLC.

Recent Cases on Internet Defamation

The following are some of the recent cases that highlight the ongoing challenges and developments in internet defamation law:

A recent case that addresses internet defamation. The court in this case distinguished internet defamation from selling goods to individuals in another state, noting that defamation may be committed through a "passive" website, which is merely accessible from anywhere in the world. The court also noted that one does not subject himself to the jurisdiction of another state's courts simply because he maintains a website visited by residents of that state.

Discussed the requirement of attribution in internet defamation. The court noted that the issue of whether further attribution is necessary in online communication, such as a footnote or a web address, is a matter of state law. The court also discussed the application of Nevada's anti-SLAPP statute, which immunizes specific types of communication from civil liability, to internet defamation cases.

Addressed the issue of the widespread electronic circulation of defamatory statements on the internet. The court noted that unlike print media, the internet intrinsically and simultaneously renders the widespread electronic circulation, and thus the "reasonable availability", of publications across geographic lines.

The court noted that readers give less credence to allegedly defamatory remarks published on the internet than to similar remarks made in other contexts. The court also distinguished between different types of internet defamation cases, noting that most cases concern statements in a website's comment section, public message board, or chatroom.

Discussed the issue of venue in internet defamation cases. The court noted that if publication is the act with the closest nexus to the wrong, then venue would be proper anywhere in the United States.

Addressed the issue of personal jurisdiction in internet defamation cases. The court noted that defamation on the internet is not a "transaction of business" in New York simply because such statements are accessible in this state. The court held that to establish personal jurisdiction over a defendant in an internet defamation case, a plaintiff must demonstrate that a defendant's contact with New York included something more than the defamation alleged.

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