1. Fake testimonials illegal? 2. Is calling someone a fraud for posting fake testimonials defamation? 3. Is Teacher liable?

Asked about 1 year ago - San Francisco, CA

Director works for Teacher. Director posts fake testimonials negative about Competitor, and positive about Teacher. Testimonials are made up and not real people or students of Competitor or Teacher. 1. Are fake testimonials illegal? Competitor discovered testimonials fake and posted so on Internet that Teacher was fraud for posting fake testimonials. 2. Did Competitor defame Teacher? Director worked for free so not employee of or paid by Teacher. Teacher knew about Director's fake testimonials 3. Is Teacher liable for Director's fake testimonials?

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  1. Michael Kevin Cernyar

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    Answered . I agree with Mr. Jaffe. This may not be worthwhile pursuing.

    The response above is not intended as legal advice since it’s impracticable to provide thorough, accurate advice... more
  2. Andrew Mark Jaffe

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    Answered . Posting a fake testimonial is a form of fraud. It doesn't seem like there is a criminal case here, and a civil case is going to cost you more than you can probably collect.

    You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation. Find a lawyer in your locale and discuss this case with them.

    This post is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice specific to... more

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