Long story short. What is the best way to combat negative reputation forum posting that shows high in search rankings for a company? Longer version if you're bored: An extortionist (not to be confused with a flexible person who can fold into a box), yes an extortionist actually went out and hired paid bloggers and writers to defame and slander the company I work for. Without getting into it too much, she called our CEO 6 months after she started doing it and told him (on recorded call i might add) that if he paid her $300K she would make it all stop. He of course refused, but all of the negative information still comes up all over the net, and the forum owners refuse to remove it no matter how much proof of libel we show them Our attorney's advised not to sue the woman because then it would look at if a large corporation is suing a lowly woman for extortion (we are a fairly large company so it would hit the press)... The reason she was pissed in the first place is because we wouldn't take her on as a client after she had paid us for a non-refundable retainer to review her personal business finance situation. After diligence and review she simply didn't qualify, but our analysts are paid by retainer, and the analysis was done and money spent. Not to mention it lays out no guarantees in our contract she went on a rampage. How do we make it so these "bad press" items she paid people to write go further down in the rankings or how do we approach forum owners to have them removed, because so far none of them have cared at all to remove them. Any advice is appreciated.