Hey everyone, here’s another post on internet defamation this one has to do with anonymous online reviews the end of January Glassdoor a review website for employees who want to post about employers or prospective employers won an anonymous defamation suit Because the defamation plaintiffs time to bring suit actually ran out and expired Here are the facts in 2014 2015 anonymous reviewers on Glassdoor Accused an online clothing store called andra of Engaging in illegal activity and or wasn’t too happy about that and they filed a petition in, Texas Asking a court to allow them to depose Glassdoor to find out who these reviewers were the After the petition was filed Glassdoor objected to the petition and said that the Reviewers identities were protected by the First Amendment. The trial court didn’t agree with Glassdoor. So Glassdoor appealed to the Intermediate level appellate court in texas that court didn’t agree with Glassdoor. So Glassdoor ended up appealing to the highest Court in Texas the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court ended up agreeing with Glassdoor But not because the reviewers identities were protected by the First Amendment not because the reviewers comments were protected Opinion but simply because by the time the Texas Supreme Court was hearing the case The time period for andra to bring a defamation or disparagement suit against these reviewers had already expired Which raises the question what are you supposed to do? if you don’t know who it is that is defaming you online and you don’t want the Statute of limitations to run out by the time you’re in court Well one option and this was actually mentioned by the Texas Supreme Court is file a John Doe lawsuit Andra could have filed the suit against john, doe’s brought the defamation and disparagement claims timely in this instance I think it was one to two years from the time period when the reviews were posted and in that case in that litigation that John Doe suit Seek a deposition of Glassdoor seek a deposition of anybody that they thought might have information on the identities of the reviewers that wasn’t done here and unfortunately for Andra time ran out and their case was was dismissed unlike say, Virginia Texas didn’t have a statute that allowed the statute of limitations on bringing defamation claims To be told or suspended when you don’t know who the target of your defamation suits going to be in Virginia There’s actually a statute that allows the statute of limitations to be suspended during that time period but that that wasn’t the case in Texas it’s possible Andra thought that if they brought a Petition to seek the deposition of Glassdoor that they had an easier time to uncover who the reviewers were Than if they went ahead and just filed a John Doe lawsuit There’s some strategy involved here and apparently didn’t work out the way they wanted it to Anyway, that’s it. If you have an internet defamation question, let us know Don’t let others destroy what you’ve built defend your name your brand and your reputation

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    John Cedars (Floyd) should be criminally prosecuted on public defamation, false evidences and testimonies charges against Jehovah's Witnesses and Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society. How daring!

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