New Egypt, NJ asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana

Q: Online Libel

An unknown person or persons has published libelous information about me on some website that's supposed to be used for consumer reviews and complaints. They said I'm a hacker, identity thief, stalker, etc. One of them used a name I've never heard of and claimed she had a relationship with me where I physically and sexually abused her, and that she had to get a restraining order against me. I've never been served with a restraining order from anyone in my life! The website appears to be located in another country (they hide their actual information behind a whois guard service based in Panama). Is there anything I can do?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Timothy Coe

Answered
  • Westfield, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Yes, you can file a case for defamation and name John or Jane Does as defendants, as well as the company, until you find out who they are by serving the company with subpoenas to produce the IP addresses of the posters. It will take a little work, but if these statements are damaging your reputation to the point that something needs to be done, then go for it.

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