Category Archives: Defamation of business

Lower legal costs for defamation victims

By Cohen Davis defamation lawyers:

The Ministry of Justice has proposed new measures to help individual victims of defamation take on big corporations. The new measures are due to be implemented during the spring of 2014.

Currently, losing claimants in England and Wales are ordered to  pay the winning side’s legal bills, on top of their own, which means many individual victims are too scared to bring a claim just in case they lose.

Under the new plan, some losing claimants in defamation cases will only be responsible to pay their own legal bill even if they don’t win the case.

There will be a new ‘one-way’ costs order that Judges will be able to issue to ensure that individual claimants are put off by having to pay the other party’s legal costs.

Justice Minister Helen Grant said:

Defamation and invasion of privacy can have a devastating effect on lives and it is crucial that people, whatever their means, can stand up for their rights in court, even when they are facing a wealthy opponent who can afford to appoint a team of expensive lawyers.

Yair Cohen

Cohen Davis Defamation Lawyers

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Why it is a bad idea to click on a defamatory link

If you or your company are defamed online it is important not to click on the link where the defamatory material appears.  It is best not to share the link with anyone else and if you do share it, keep the number of people you share the defamatory link with to a bare minimum. Even when you explain to others that clicking on the defamatory link will add to the website’s popularity, people may still not be able to resist to check it out for themselves.

Search engines give priority to websites that attract the most traffic so remember that every click counts!

By Yair Cohen. Defamation lawyer.

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Internet defamation business risk management

Some people forget how important it is to carry out a thorough risk analysis prior to deciding on the most appropriate response to internet defamation. Here is a quick guide to how we suggest it is best to carry out risk management when it comes to responding to internet defamation.

Online defamation

  • Find  out as much as you possibly can about the capacity of the individual or company which are responsible for defaming you online. Are they a blogger? A “professional” self-appointed individual? Are they a competitor? The more you understand about their practices, motives and technical and financial abilities the more accurate and effective your response to internet defamation would be.
  • Calmly evaluate the risk to your business by first refraining from taking any particular action. Never act impulsively or upon advice which is not based on proven experience and understanding of the issue. Carefully consider the best, worst, and most likely consequences of the various options which are available to you to defeat the defamation on the internet.
  • Consider all your available solutions and in particular the legal, technical and social solutions to the defamation issue and always look at the big, long term picture.
  • Develop a strategy based on all of the above and never react sporadically.

Follow this simple guide because it is important that you get things right first time round as there might not be a second chance.

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Internet  Law Centre gives all the advice you need on internet defamation.