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I am very sorry for your situation.
It sounds like what has happened is that once he ran the story, another blog-site (or more than one) picked it up and ran it as well. It may be an "aggregating" news site, or it may be a private blog, or it may simply be a cached record.
However, the point is that it is available. Normally, unless it is false
), the website can run it. However, the good news is that often, a website will take down information if it receives what is known as a take down notice
from an attorney.
A take down notice is essentially a letter threatening to sue
unless they take down the information. The letter can allege
any number of claims of actions - defamation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc. The point is that the letter does not have to prove them
but to allege them, and to make the website's owner believe that this suit will be brought
unless the site is taken down. Most of the time, the website's owner simply takes down the information to avoid even the possibility of litigation
, no matter how strong the suit would be.
May I recommend the CA Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP. The type of attorney needed would be "general practice," "litigation," or "intellectual property."
Normally, such a letter costs no more than about $100 or so. Now you can always write and send such a letter (let me know if you need a sample) but an attorney's letter carries more gravitas since the receiving party knows
that the attorney can/will file suit if they have to.
The website's owner can normally be deciphered by the site itself or WHOIS domain registration research.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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