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  • How do I stop a Facebook page whose purpose to disparage myself, among others?

    Ex-coworkers and Ex-employees from a company I used to work for created a Facebook page (under a false name) to disparage me and my former business partners. I am trying to move on with my life (no longer with the company and have been going on in...

    Kavon’s Answer

    The creation of a page or profile under a false name is a violation of Facebook's terms of use. Addressing that violation with Facebook may be the fastest and least costly method of removing the page. Retaining an attorney contact Facebook through the appropriate channels would be more likely to get its attention.

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  • Can I sue a business for unfair business practices and for posting unauthorized before and after picture of me?

    In May 2012, owner asked me if she can post before and after picture of me after a hair service. I agreed with condition to only post top, side image except my face. I recently discovered my identifiable images on the company's FB and yelp account...

    Kavon’s Answer

    You can sue, but the question is whether there is liability and damages. The are a number of preliminary questions an attorney might ask prior to rendering an opinion. For example, is there any written agreement as to the limited nature of the authorization you provided? Also, why did it take you two years for you discover the photos, did you ask for the photos to be removed, and have any viewers of the photos connected you to them? You should speak to an attorney directly to review all salient facts. We have a civil litigation attorney in the East Bay and, like many other firms, offer free telephone consult.

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  • A web site owner has the right to delete all six months of creative writing on a site with no warning? even if i am banned

    Ok I am banned their right... but six months of creative writing content they deleted after I begged them to let me get it downloaded .. after the sent the message they deleted it all. I feel that yeah they can control their site as they wish and ...

    Kavon’s Answer

    Have you reviewed your written agreement with the company? It may address their responsibility in regards to user content and would therefore be a good place to start.

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  • Can I Sue a competing business for intentionally purchasing negative seo services to harm my online business?

    I run a prosperous online business. My whole business revolves around getting customers online. My customers find me through searching on Google. So basically, my whole business succeeds as long as my business website is ranking on Google. Recentl...

    Kavon’s Answer

    I agree with the others that answer would depend upon the nature of the negative SEO. By way of example, simply optimizing one or more other sites that have would the effect of having yours drop in the rankings would not be actionable. On the other extreme, a company misrepresenting itself as its competitor on websites and requesting that valuable backlinks be taken down may warrant a lawsuit on a host of legal theories, including fraud and online impersonation. Unfair competition can also arise in the context of pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, where a competitor causes clicks to be registered against its competitor's ads in an effort to unfairly compete. While search engines typically filter such "invalid clicks," sophisticated competitors may in some cases be able to bypass a search engine's filters. I have represented plaintiff clients asserting claims on both of the above fact patterns, in each case obtaining court orders permitting expedited discovery to determine the identity of the competitor. A variety of other permutations may exist; experienced legal counsel can help you determine whether you have a viable claim and act swiftly to protect your rights.

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  • I need to sue this competitor who defames my business online over a year!

    I've been marketing my products online and there is this competitor started to defame my business & products with all kinds of false stories completely out of the blue and he has been doing this action for almost a year and my business is getting ...

    Kavon’s Answer

    You are not helpless, but you could benefit from the retention of counsel to assist you, first to confirm that the postings are in fact actionable, and, assuming they are, to initiate appropriate legal action on your behalf. If it is just a matter of one or a few posts and you can prove they are false, you may be able to convince the network(s) to take them down. If this is not a viable option then your only recourse may be to file a lawsuit against unnamed Doe defendants and seek a court order for expedited discovery to determine the identity of the responsible party.

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  • False advertising, unfair competition, or fraud?

    G owns business building websites & provides social media/marketing for restaurants & small businesses. G's workers have Yelp! accounts to write good reviews about G's clients and bad reviews about their competitors. Clients have links to websit...

    Kavon’s Answer

    Without providing specific legal advice through this public forum, suffice it to say that the use of endorsements in a deceptive manner is unlawful. See, e.g., see http://ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf. If you feel that you have been harmed by the deceptive use of testimonials, you may retain an attorney to advise you of your rights and to potentially represent you. Alternatively, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or your state attorney general's office.

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  • Buisness post photos of name and adress online after dispute

    after a dispute with a buisness they posted a photo of the returned package on ripoff report.com containing my full name and adresss calling me a fraud buyer isnt that a crime or invasion of prvacy

    Kavon’s Answer

    Depending upon what jurisdiction's laws apply, false public accusation of fraud may subject the person or entity posting such an accusation to a civil claim for defamation, and the public disclosure of a person's address may constitute an invasion of privacy if there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in the address. Law enforcement is unlikely to pursue these sorts of claims, although you may be able to retain a law firm which handles civil litigation matters to assist you. Feel free to contact me or another attorney experienced in these areas for a free consultation. I am in California, but one of our attorneys is licensed in New Jersey in case there is personal jurisdiction there.

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  • Is there a lawyer here who specializes in publishing copyright and legal disclaimers for web sites?

    I am launching a web site that allows users to supply content (user-created contents) as well as fan art of existing copyrighted/trademarked characters. I am looking for help in protecting the site from being sued.

    Kavon’s Answer

    We handle this type of work regularly, both in terms of website disclosures and advising clients.

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  • How can I ask YELP.Com to remove my business from its list since some reviews on this site on my business are for defamation

    since YELP.com has listed my business in their listing I have seen several reviews against my business which they are slander and for defaming my business I am suspicious some of them are fake and there is a chance some of competitors are making t...

    Kavon’s Answer

    Unfortunately, neither of the approaches you suggest will be effective. Your only viable avenues for relief would be to legally pursue the persons/entities who libeled your business, assuming they did in fact commit defamation, you know who they are and the reviews are causing you sufficient harm to warrant the often substantial expense of civil litigation. If you don't know who they are, it might be possible to force Yelp to identify them, however you will not be able to hold Yelp liable or force Yelp to remove the reviews or delete your company name from their listings. The only way to compel removal of a defamatory post is by way of a petition for injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction.

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  • Domain stolen by Registrar and sold with out going into redemption.

    I owned valuable domain name for 12 years and according the the registrar they claim since I did not renew it they sold it at auction, this is insane it needs to go thru and redemption period and I need to be told about this.. I cannot lose this ...

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    The issue of whether the registrar sold the domain improperly is something you want to retain an attorney in domain name-related legal experience to review, assuming it is sufficient value to you to justify the expense. If a bona fide purchaser now owns the domain, it may not be possible to get the domain back. However, you may conceivably have a claim against the registrar for damages.

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