July 29, 2011

Blog Posts Result in Internet Libel Claims

As reported on courthousenews.com, attorney claims internet libel by far-right bloggers including OverLawyered.com (Walter Olson), the Reason Foundation and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

In the matter of Wolk v. Olson, Philadelphia Aviation Attorney Arthur Wolk, who is known proponent of tort liability, claims he’s been the target of a vicious smear campaign launched at him in an effort to discredit him with the State Bar.  Wolk claims that he was defamed by OverLawyered.com and others that formed an “internet tag team” to publish defamatory statements about him.  Wolk says he came under attack because his position on tort liability, which did not match the groups’ position "to enact tort reform by getting rid of the proponents of tort liability…”

Wolk says the Reason Foundation and OverLawyered.com refused to take the falsified information down, even after being presented with evidence to the contrary.  Wolk further claims that The Reason Foundation "has created a multi-media collaboration of journalist wannabees, news anchor wannabees and intellectual wannabees for the sole purpose of fostering ... whatever is the ultra right wing super rich agenda of the moment.” 

Posting articles and comments on the internet using blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or other social media can result in litigation alleging internet defamation. When posting content on the internet, you need to be very careful about making factual statements which you know or should know are untrue. 

If you have questions regarding defamation on the internet, contact an internet libel law attorney today to learn more about your options.


Thanks for sharing your post. Social media has been for some time now the up and coming form of communication, what about the dangers as well. You always hear story’s in the news papers regarding privacy settings that customers didn’t even know existed. I think people need to be educated more on the pro’s and con’s of social sites.

The truth is that nowadays everything and anything including people can be found online, you can make an opinion about someone without even seeing him or her, just by checking them out online. It doesn't matter if it's a simple Google search or if it's social networking. And because of this unfortunately it has become extremely easy to improve or to discredit someone's online reputation which in term will affect almost all the aspects of that person's life. What should one do if they have their reputation affected? There is only one thing, fight back to improve the reputation. Worst case scenario the retaliation equals the attacks which means you don't lose but you don't gain anything. Well, if you're inexperienced in building up the reputation you lose some money getting it back up but still, you always might end up losing more if you don't counterattack.

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