Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

An Exploration of Online Defamation

January 2018 Bar Bulletin


By Gregg Bertram

With the increasing use of social media, it’s easier than ever for people to vent their feelings. There’s an old adage that says: feelings are just feelings and they are neither right nor wrong. And while feelings unto themselves are neither right or wrong, when people post their feelings online in a public forum, they have gone to the next step — they have taken action and they are making a statement for all the world to see.

Whether it’s business or personal, venting in public can be construed as defamation, and that can result in costly litigation. This article explores how and to what...

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