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How to Sue Someone for Internet Libel

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Internet libel consists of statements published on Web sites that were known to be false by the writer and that can be shown to have caused harm to the party at which they were directed. With Internet law in its infancy, cases of Internet libel are frequently complex, and laws vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Instructions

Things You'll Need:
Computer with Internet access
Internet law or libel and slander attorney (highly recommended)

Bring an Internet Libel Lawsuit Against Someone

Step 1

Know the statute of limitations for bringing a lawsuit in your state. A helpful chart and direct links to information categorized by state can be {email address removed} (see Resources below).

Step 2

Understand how to protect yourself if you're responsible for any potentially libelous content published on the Internet. In order for someone to sue you for libel, the published statement(s) must first of all be known to be false and second, must cause injury to the party at whom they're directed.

Step 3

Remove any potentially libelous content at once if someone threatens to sue you. In some jurisdictions, Internet content may still be applicable to cease and desist laws. This essentially means that the complainant must first ask the webmaster or person responsible for the offensive content, in writing, to remove it before legal action can be taken.

Step 4

Know that Internet law can vary wildly from place to place. Internet libel lawsuits can be difficult to win. It is recommended that you track any subsequent Internet activity, such as blogging, that may go on in response to the libel. Presentation of such activity in court is a key way in which to show that the offensive content caused you harm.

Step 5

Prepare to gather witnesses to testify to the effect of the libel. You will probably also have to disclose financial losses on court record if your suit goes to trial.

Step 6

Find a specialist in Internet law or libel and slander law. AttorneyPages (see Resources below) has convenient links to personal injury law firms categorized by state. Have your attorney review your case and initiate any subsequent legal action.

Step 7

Consider seeking an out-of-court settlement if you have a strong case and would prefer to avoid the hassle and expense involved with civil law proceedings. However, be aware that defendants in Internet libel civil lawsuits may be reluctant to settle out of court, given the diffuse nature of Internet law.

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Comments:

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dmbchick420

Jan 21 @ 9:08AM  
Rev....as far as I'm concerned, when he writes his childish attack blogs about people, he is pissing in the wind. He is just trying to get your goat and that is all he is doing. He knows nothing about you or anybody here and nobody gives a shit what he says anyways....even if he thinks people do....they really don't.
RJ53

Jan 21 @ 9:43AM  
Just someone who thinks they are acting smart when all they are doing is showing their ass. I wouldn't let it bother me. They are really kind of pathetic.
sugarnspice005

Jan 21 @ 10:01AM  
Unless you yourself have provided the private info, no one on here knows a damn thing. And, if someone were to find out any "dirt" on anyone, then they would have had to have broken some laws to get to that info. So...I'd just let it go, ignore it. Letting yourself get reeled into this isn't going to accomplish anything except to keep the shit stirred, and I think the majority here is tired of it.

So..bottom line, unless someone is breaking some serious laws to gather private information, they have NOTHING, and are only proving to be childish, spiteful, and stupid.
RevDocLove

Jan 21 @ 12:26PM  
Thank you ladies for your input, but I assure you I'm not getting 'drawn in' to anything..
Just making him aware that I have recourse if AMD won't shut him up
Dione

Jan 21 @ 2:42PM  
I agree with the other two ladies, but you are gonna do what you are gonna do.
Ewe_Wish

Jan 21 @ 2:47PM  
I can't imagine its very easy to prove that there was damage in an internet libel suit...........but I am sure its possible in some situations........but for the post part........if someone is claiming something about me and I know for a fact that its untrue.........sometimes its just better to be ignored than to feed fire to someone.......besides its kinda funny to sit back and watch someone that hasn't a clue and is just fishing in the dark hoping for a bite............JMO
Ewe_Wish

Jan 21 @ 2:48PM  
but for the post part
Aw.......Sheet........I can't even type today............I meant for the most part...........
RevDocLove

Jan 21 @ 4:11PM  
..besides its kinda funny to sit back and watch someone that hasn't a clue and is just fishing in the dark hoping for a bite............JMO

Ain't that the truth..Just gotta' wiggle the right bait to catch a FISH!!!!
ShadowMale

Jan 21 @ 6:41PM  
Unless you yourself have provided the private info, no one on here knows a damn thing. And, if someone were to find out any "dirt" on anyone, then they would have had to have broken some laws to get to that info. So...I'd just let it go, ignore it. Letting yourself get reeled into this isn't going to accomplish anything except to keep the shit stirred, and I think the majority here is tired of it.

So..bottom line, unless someone is breaking some serious laws to gather private information, they have NOTHING, and are only proving to be childish, spiteful, and stupid.

Actually, no one has to collect info to break a law. The act of posting untruthful information about others falls under more then one law depending on how its done.

Not saying one should sue over every little thing, but AMD should be notified because continuing to allow someone to use their services to publish words under false pretense, and slander in nature can land them in legal hotwater along with the poster.

I know alot of people hate to fight... as do I. But is no one ever stood up for their own rights, and beliefs, we might would still be living under a king's rule somewhere other then here. For that reason, it is my opinion that laying down and pretending it never happened is not the answer to everything.

Just my $1.75
sugarnspice005

Jan 21 @ 7:01PM  
Actually, no one has to collect info to break a law. The act of posting untruthful information about others falls under more then one law depending on how its done.

I guess I should have been more clear. What I meant is....if someone on here were to find out my name, address, phone number, place of employment, social security number, drivers license number by...say....tapping into the AMD server to find my ISP and then trace it back to find all this stuff....I'd say that's a no no. And illegal.
ShadowMale

Jan 21 @ 10:23PM  
I guess I should have been more clear. What I meant is....if someone on here were to find out my name, address, phone number, place of employment, social security number, drivers license number by...say....tapping into the AMD server to find my ISP and then trace it back to find all this stuff....I'd say that's a no no. And illegal.

Not to worry much though. Unless you're paying out the wazoo for a static IP, there isn't much a person can do to trace your IP back far enough to be of much use. At least, not without raising some serious red flags, or being from an angency that probably already knows everything they want to about you anyway.

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