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Re: defamatory online review?

Postby jeremy2017 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:01 am

Atticus, I do apologise for not being smart enough for this forum. As I said before, unlike many of you here I’m not legally trained...
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Re: defamatory online review?

Postby atticus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:04 am

I understand that you are not a lawyer. And there is no question whether anyone is "smart enough" for this forum.

But please take the time to read and understand what is said before telling us in reply what you "always thought".
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Re: defamatory online review?

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:06 am

A defamation claim can backfire even if it turns out that the comments are untrue. It draws attention to them, and the claimant can end up looking like a bully. Sometimes it is better to let sleeping dogs lie. But those are PR considerations rather than legal ones.
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Re: defamatory online review?

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:06 am

Most of us here are not legally trained.
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Re: defamatory online review?

Postby atticus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:09 am

jeremy2017 wrote:And what about the fact, that any action taken by the firm in regard of defamatory remarks can easily backfire on them if it turns out, they were true after all? Just a thought...
yes, that can happen. It's called the Streisand Effect.
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Re: defamatory online review?

Postby dls » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:50 am

If you areexceptionally wealthy, or utterly bankrupt, you might think of involvement. Everybody else should always stay clear.
The threat of action may be empty anyway since there is now a requirement to show more than minimal damage. The numbers reading any particular pageare usually far too small.
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