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Business owners beware! Fake reviews are on the rise, particularly fake reviews for restaurateurs.
Recently in Houston, a restaurant by the name of Bludorn, became the newest victim of this defamatory trend. After receiving an influx of bad reviews all at once, co-owner and Chef Aaron Bludorn took action by contacting Google to remove the reviews.
However, restaurants across the country have been reporting similar extortion threats, ranging from gift card demands to compensating meals.
This illegal trend has gained so much traction in the state of Arizona that Governor Doug Ducey recently passed SB1001 into law, making it a class
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Defamation is the use of false and malicious statements to malign or damage a person’s reputation. In the workplace, it has the potential to bring an employee’s character into disrepute, stifle career development, and create serious health issues. In some cases, defamation causes irreparable damage. Although not a crime in most states, it is considered a tort or a civil wrong. Victims of defamation can file civil suits against defamers to defend their reputation and obtain relief.
Defamation in the Workplace
There are two forms of defamation: slander and libel. Slander is verbal defamation, while libel takes written form.
Continue Reading Defamation in the Workplace: How Do You Protect Your Reputation?

The arrival of social media has undoubtedly changed the world. Access to information, interaction with each other, the political landscape and other aspects of life have all been affected.
Social media began in the early 2000s and has since grown exponentially. Now, more than 50 percent of people worldwide use one or more social media apps. Even businesses are capitalizing on the opportunities offered by different platforms, as social media lets them gain valuable customer insights and respond to their needs quickly.
Since social media has become so prominent, legislators have amended laws to include how information on the varying
Continue Reading Social Media Law: Things You Need To Consider in 2022

Your reputation is formed by how people perceive you, good or bad. Online, it is a function of your presence and activities on the internet, making you vulnerable to risks that can tarnish your reputation. A seemingly harmless post may be misconstrued, your brand may be unfairly attacked, or saboteurs may post damaging content about you. These issues can lead to defamation suits and the need for an internet defamation attorney.

Damaged reputations can be costly and difficult to repair. Taking steps to alleviate some of the risks can protect your good name and character. Here are five steps to
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Creative ideas are on display all around us—they may include the process that fuels a business’ growth and development, the idea positioning a marketing campaign, a piece of art, or the concept behind a YouTuber’s brand. Creative ideas are also known as intellectual property (IP)—anything intangible that a person creates using their mind that is transformable into tangible things. Literary works, secret formulas, images, procedures, and designs are also forms of IP.
IP can be converted into profitable commercial products, which makes it attractive for theft and misuse by others. The situation is complicated by the rise and pervasiveness of
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The world of e-commerce has grown exponentially, as buying and selling electronically has become an easy alternative for Americans. By 2023, sales from the online retail industry are expected to reach a whopping 22% of all global retail sales. As the industry is expanding, so too are the internet laws and legal implications surrounding online businesses. This ensures that buyers and sellers are equally protected under the law when a transaction is made.
Important Laws You Need to Know
In the same way that a business with a physical storefront must comply with the laws that govern its jurisdiction, online
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Legal support is important when operating a YouTube channel, especially given the many legal issues content creators and YouTubers are exposed to. Some content creators may not find it necessary or consider it a priority at first, as many start and maintain their channels primarily as hobbies. However, legal support becomes necessary as a channel grows, gains popularity, and develops into a valuable asset.

Below are five instances in which YouTubers and content creators should consider hiring an internet lawyer to help with their channel.
1. When Negotiating Contracts
Brand deals, affiliate marketing, and partnerships with multi-channel networks (MCNs) are
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We are in an age when it is almost impossible not to leave a digital footprint. A simple search of your name may reveal personal information you never realized was readily available. Information such as your address, shopping habits, and place of employment can be sold to data brokers. Data brokers use your information to create consumer profiles and to build credit scores. Unfortunately, it can also open you up to identity theft.
This information can also be used to mar your reputation. Building a positive reputation—whether as an individual or as a business—takes time and effort. It can affect
Continue Reading Removing Content About Yourself From the Internet

Product or service reviews are common occurrences when operating a business. Consumers express their opinions of a product or service in writing on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, TripAdvisor, Ripoff Report, or social media. These reviews provide feedback to suppliers and give other consumers real insight into the product or service.

A company need not have an online presence to receive an online review, whether that review is positive or negative. However, negative reviews have a wide reach and have the potential to damage a brand or a business extensively. Thus, they must be handled effectively.

Reviewers are protected by
Continue Reading You got a negative online review – now what?

Whether your online small business is just starting or is already established, a relationship with an internet business lawyer is essential. Operating online exposes a small business to legal liabilities and operational risks that can threaten the long-term viability and survival of that business.
The relatively recent rise of the internet means that laws are constantly changing and evolving. An internet business lawyer who has experience navigating the unpredictable landscape can provide much-needed protection for what may be your most valuable asset. Below we listed 5 essential steps to protecting your business, and go in depth on 5 additional reasons
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Advertising is one of the driving forces behind the growth of a business. Businesses use advertisements to persuade consumers to purchase products or services, increasing sales and boosting the company’s bottom line.
However, connecting consumers with products or services through ads can lead to unfair and unethical practices that threaten consumer welfare and fair competition among businesses. Advertising law addresses these issues and protects both advertisers and consumers.
Protecting Consumers and Promoting Fair Competition
Advertising law constitutes a complex pool of laws and regulations that govern how, when, and where businesses and third parties connect consumers and advertisements. Generally, advertising
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TikTok’s popularity soared to new heights during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Teens and other users (including us!) can’t get enough of the platform that mostly features addictive and compelling short clips with user-generated content.

Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook also offer entertaining and insightful content, but have you ever wondered why different rules apply to TikTok? Is TikTok subject to copyright laws? Do you need a TikTok lawyer if you use it as a content creator? Let’s discuss below:
Music
Do TikTokers seem to get away with a lot more than other influencers
Continue Reading TikTok and the law: Music, copyright and ownership

Cyberbullying is a fairly new phenomenon whose emergence is linked to the rise of electronic communication and the internet. It commonly affects children—especially teens—but adults are often victims of cyberbullying too. While it doesn’t cause physical injury, cyberbullying can cause severe psychological and emotional damage. Some damage, like emotional distress, is immediate and temporary, but other damage can manifest later in a victim’s life. Can a victim sue for current and future damages? The answer is yes.
What Is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is a pattern of behavior that involves the repeated harassment of an individual via online sources or electronic communication
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Washington’s new anti-SLAPP statute, a version of the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act, replaces its 2010 predecessor that was invalidated by the Supreme Court in 2015. The 2010 law was considered too aggressive and infringed on the state’s constitutional right to a jury trial. The new legislation, like its predecessor, aims to protect individuals against SLAPP suits that threaten their First Amendment rights.
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)
Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are baseless lawsuits that seek to intimidate individuals against exercising their rights to freedom of expression. Costly litigation or threats of legal action are used
Continue Reading What You Should Know About Washington’s New Anti-SLAPP Statute

Defamation is false communication that hurts a person’s reputation. It can be either spoken communication—known as slander—or written communication, known as libel. For businesses and public figures, libel on the internet and social media can be devastating.
If someone does defame you or your business, you can sue them for damages (money) for harming your reputation. If you are the person or business that was wronged, you are known as the plaintiff. If you are the person that defamed (either through slander or libel), you are known as the defendant. It’s important to know that a defamation lawsuit can be
Continue Reading What Will Your Lawyer Do in a Defamation Lawsuit?

Social media platforms provide an opportunity for many to have a voice and share information. They help friends and families to stay connected, and supply businesses with new ways to reach out to clients. Yet, despite social media regulations, false or defamatory content often appears online. In fact, users who post defamatory, reckless, or inappropriate comments are often rewarded with more attention.
How often do you post a life update on social media without thinking about it? Or read a snarky tweet about a stranger? Although many people forget, social media is a public platform where comments can impact other
Continue Reading Suing on Social Media: What You Need to Know