Online Harassment of a Business

In our digital age, a new type of harassment has arisen: cyber harassment, also known as online harassment. While individuals are often victims of this type of unlawful behavior, businesses can be victims as well. With one-click, defamatory information can be spread to thousands of users in seconds, tarnishing a business’s reputation indefinitely.

Cyber harassment is the use of the internet to harass, manipulate, control, intimidate, frighten, embarrass, humiliate or disparage a person or business. In some cases, cyber harassment can be accompanied by offline or real harassment. Often, online defamation, which is a false statement that serves to damage the reputation of a business or individual, occurs with online harassment.

While trashing a business over the internet seems impersonal, it is anything but. Years of hard work and a solid reputation can be smeared seemingly overnight. Fortunately, if your business has been the victim of online harassment, the law, and our experienced business attorneys, are on your side.

Discuss your options and get a free consultation with our experienced business lawyers today.

What Does Online Harassment of a Business Look Like?

Examples of online harassment include:

  • Sending harassing emails
  • Posting derogatory entries or comments
  • Sharing unauthorized pictures or videos
  • Spreading false or private information online
  • Spreading rumors through social networking sites
  • Publishing defamatory or libelous statements online
  • Creating fake web pages or profiles to defame someone
  • Electronic infliction of willful, negligent, or repeated harm

Cyber harassment and online harassment are often used synonymously to describe web-based activities that involve one person targeting a victim (individual or business) using aggressive information technology tactics.

Online Defamation of Businesses

Online defamation can be a form of cyber-harassment. The author of the defamatory statement is legally liable under California law. The internet is full of countless websites where a person can leave a potentially defamatory comment or post, including:

  • letters to the editor of local newspapers
  • public comments on media (i.e., newspaper or magazine) websites
  • blogs and comments to blog postings
  • social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
  • chat rooms or listservers

This list is not exhaustive. If your business has been defamed in any online portal, discuss your legal options with an experienced online harassment attorney.

Damages for Online Harassment and Online Defamation.

If your business has because harmed and suffered financially because of defamatory statements written about it online or resulting from online harassment, you may be able to recover financial compensation from the person responsible. An attorney versed in tort law and internet law will be able to discuss the specifics of your case with you and guide you on the next best steps.

Dennis Law Lawyers Can Help

Contact Our Online Harassment Lawyers
If you are the victim of cyber-harassment or online defamation, contact the experienced online harassment attorneys at Dennis Law Group today. Our firm has successfully handled all types of online harassment cases, including claims involving defamation (e.g., libel and slander), cyberbullying, and cyberstalking.