How do I deal with a defamatory blog post?
September 2, 2009 7:51 AM Subscribe
What counts as defamation/libel on an online blog? A post was created that calls me gay (I am not) and says a lot of very negative and inaccurate things about my character. Any lawyer recommendations in DC?
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There is someone who, for complicated psychiatric reasons, developed a severe dislike of me. This is an extraordinarily vindictive and immature girl whom I have NOT wronged in any remotely substantial way. She created an anonymous blog and posted alleging falsely that I'm gay and saying a number of inaccurate and very negative things about my character. (Basically, name-calling.) I'm concerned that this will affect future job prospects since the post appears within the first couple of pages of search results for my name. She confirmed to a mutual friend that she wrote the blog but refused to take it down. Google/blogspot says they don't take down defamatory posts without a court order.
What are my options, and what are the criteria under which a defamation/libel suit can be started? Is there something I can do short of a full blown lawsuit just to get the court order I would need to have Google/Blogspot take down the post? Does anyone have recommendations for lawyers in DC who handle this kind of thing? How much time and money is this likely to cost, and can I recover costs from the person who made the post?
By the way, to whatever extent this is relevant, the post itself was made in California but I reside in DC.
I am most grateful for any advice you guys have.