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Do I have options for protection in AK for defamation against

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Do I have options for protection in AK for defamation against my business. I took in a dog, as an individual, that was being rehomed due to a baby. A lady named Amanda (I've had NO contact with her) was the original owner, whom asked her friend Sarah for help, who asked her friend Ashlie who then asked a co-worker and my cousin for help to rehome. My cousin asked me if I would be interested in taking the dog in as I rescue, foster and rehome pets as an individual. I had no direct contact with the original owner, or her friends, only my cousin. There was texting between Sarah and I. The approximately 3 yr old dog came to me on 08/24/13 with a couple sweaters, inadequate dog food and no medical history. I immediately took him for supplies and to the vet for neutering, shots and a microchip. Sarah decided, in text, that she didn't like my attitude so she demanded the dog back. I responded that I had invested time and money in the dog and that she could reimburse me my costs of $200 for his return. She indicated that she didn't have money, so I discontinued communication with her. She apparently did some research and found my business attached to my name and has since opened a Yelp account against my business posting inaccurate and false information, as well as on Craigslist and on the business Facebook page. She has specifically stated that I steal dogs and sell them for money, stay away from this business as I will probably steal from [you] and clean out your house, etc. If it was just me I wouldn't be bothered, but she is posting all this against my business which is completely inaccurate and could be harmful if potential clients see/consider it. Not to mention the stress and emotional distress this is causing me as she and her friends (are also posting bogus reviews) are threatening my livelihood. ???

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and hope I can help.

My name isXXXXX am a licensed attorney, and my goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

I need a bit more information from you before I can proceed to provide you with a complete and thorough answer to your question.

By 'protection from defamation' do you mean whether you'd have a cause of action or not?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I guess cause of action...? I just want it to stop (cease posting bogus reviews on the various internet/social sites), and if I need or can solicit legal help for that then that's what I would like.


Yes, you definitely would have a cause of action for defamation against the individual(s) who are spreading these damaging lies about your business and causing you economic harm.

You would need to prove that the statements are false and are statements of fact (rather than opinion), but the notion that you stole a dog and will steal others is a prime example of a false and damaging statements.

If defamation is found, yon can also get a court order to take down the defamatory content from yelp.

I hope the above information is helpful.

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Thanks and best of luck!

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