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Can This Be Considered Defamation?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by gogetta, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. gogetta

    gogetta Power Member

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    I have talked really shitty about a company in a few articles I wrote, but everything i said is 100% true. Is there any grounds for a Defamation Lawsuit?
     
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    As long as you can cover your arse and prove that what you published was true
    they would only make themselves look worse by publicising it and loose any
    lawsuit they tried to bring.
    Just knowing it's true may not be enough, you need hard evidence.
     
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  3. gogetta

    gogetta Power Member

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    Ok, I see what your saying... Well everything I said is posted on their homepage. I mostly talked about their over priced products, and described why my affiliates product is more beneficial for that reason.

    Thanks for replying.
     
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    You should be fine as long as you are being 100% honest like you said.
     
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    Megalomaniac Midget Power Member Premium Member

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    The first question in anything regarding law & the internet, is the question of "domicile". No jurisdiction, no case.

    If you went to a photoshop forum and asked is this a good colour, but never mentioned what the colour was....what answer would you expect?
     
  6. DamonJ

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    This is actually a very tricky scenario that you present. The real answer is yes, you can be sued. The reason for this is that it is very easy to sue nowadays. The real issue is the probability of you being sued. In this case, it may be very low depending on how public your statements become.

    Another question to ask yourself is can you afford to be sued. This is a very costly proposition and can break you even if you are in the right.

    Many good qualifying statements to use in a literature that you produce when it comes to speaking negatively about an entity include:

    Based on my personal experience, if is my opinion that...
    The opinion of this author is...
    etc.

    In this case you are relaying an opinion and any case filed against you is very weak. In the form of an oped type of writing, it is clearly stated that it is an opinion and as a general rule, opinions do not need to substantiated. They are opinions and nothing more and it is up to the reader to decide whether they agree with you.

    I have found that it is best to let the reader draw their own conclusions and just present evidence, or specify that the piece is an opinion.
     
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    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    I am not sure, but to get any money they would have to prove losses????