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“No legal cover for online defamatory comments ‘dressed up as reviews,’ B.C. court rules.” –

Interesting B.C. case about on-line defamatory libel (pertaining to on-line business reviews such as Google Reviews). If you’re the subject of a defamatory review, you can certainly try to initiate a defamation claim, but that’s extremely expensive given the technicalities involved in defamation law. Another often overlooked approach, where appropriate, is to reach out to the social media company to flag the content for removal on the basis that it violates the site’s terms of service. Of course, this requires a detailed review of the fine print in the terms of service, but it may be the more cost-effective approach. Contact our office for assistance.

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