If you or your business has ever had anything harmful, private, or untrue posted on a website, blog, or forum, the experience can leave you feeling powerless, frustrated, and embarrassed. If not removed quickly, damaging material posted on the internet can cause irreparable reputational harm and monetary damage.
Many people that I speak with often mistakenly believe that we are powerless to control what is written and posted on the internet and the only option is to “suppress” content off the first page of Google.
In most situations, this is simply NOT true. You have options. Call an internet attorney.
Unlike web-marketing and SEO companies, an experienced internet attorney can often use specific legal techniques and tactics, to completely remove damaging content from the internet. This is true even in cases of websites like Ripoffreport.com, TheDirty.com, and Cheaterville.com, and other websites that claim to be staunch first amendment defenders who will never voluntarily remove information.
Although not widely known, one arsenal at an internet attorney’s disposal is a court order to remove unwanted material from the internet. Obtaining a court order is a proven method to completely remove websites that are false, derogatory, invasive of privacy, or otherwise violate the law from search engine results. Here’s how it works:
Step One: Consult with an Experienced Internet Attorney to Remove Damaging Material Online.
Contact an attorney to discuss the post, website, or material at issues to see whether you have any valid legal claims against the person or company who authored the post (libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, conspiracy, tortious interference, unfair trade practices, copyright or trademark infringement, etc.). You must have a valid claim to file a lawsuit. For example, truth is an absolute defense to defamation. You will also need to know or will need to find out the identity of the user responsible for the content. (Learn more about potential legal claims in the Legal Resource Center.)
Step Two: File a Lawsuit Against the Author of the Post.
The goal of the law suit is to obtain an equitable order from the court or stipulated court approved settlement for the removal of the website and de-listing of URL from search engine indices.
Step Three: Present the Court Order to Search Engines.
Once the court order is submitted to search engines, all that is left is sit back and wait for the search engines to comply with your request. Although response times can vary, I have performed this service for several clients and seen content removed within twenty-four hours of such requests. Search engines do not charge for this service.
Obtaining a court ordered removal is just one of the many proven ways that an experienced internet attorney can completely remove unwanted material from the internet. If you or your business is being victimized by damaging material on the internet, do not hesitate to call the experienced internet attorneys at the law firm of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA to discuss what types of solutions may be available. Fill out this form, or contact us at (216) 373-7706.