DEFAMATION


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Online personal and professional attacks can easily upend the reputation of an individual or business, and lead to severe emotional distress and financial losses. Legal action is often warranted, though these cases can be complex and require substantial evidence, particularly when the libel is offered anonymously on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Trip Advisor or other review-based Web sites.

Liability must be established by a plaintiffs by identifying the individual or organization posting mistruths and lies about you or your business. It is important to note that according to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Internet Service Providers are not liable for what users post on certain sites, and a defamation lawsuit must be directed at an individual defendant. A Web site, however, is the supposed “publisher: of information, and if aware of slander or libel, may be legally encouraged to remove a post.

The vast majority of online defamation and social media libel cases are settled when a Web site agrees to remove a post, stopping short of individual prosecution or settlement. However, in cases where serious damage has occurred and financial losses can be demonstrated to a court,  your Cincinnati defamation attorney may be able to recover a great deal of compensation.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Defamation Attorney and Invasion of Privacy Lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in social media defamation lawsuits.


Social Media Defamation Lawsuits & Settlements


Defamatory allegations are not always easily removed in a prompt fashion, and may be extremely damaging to one’s personal and professional reputation. A single post on social media website, review-based website, online forum, blog, or message board can be proven to be defamation and worthy of a legal claim.

Successful online defamation cases may involve publishing an untrue statement that damages a person’s or business’ reputation. The Lyon Firm can represent plaintiffs who have been defamed and can prove the following:

  • The defendant published or broadcasted an untrue statement
  • The statement is completely or partially false and not based on fact
  • The plaintiffs was harmed (by reputation, personally or professionally) by the untrue statement

Social Media Libel & Internet Lawsuits


To recover compensation or to settle an online defamation case, it is important to note the following:

  • Preserve Damaging Postings—take screenshots and send the evidence to yourself and to the Internet Service Providers and Websites where the postings appear
  • Request that ISPs and Web sites Remove the Postings—some sites will remove postings, other will not. But the initiative may be important to building a case.
  • Post a Thoughtful and Accurate Rebuttal—address the untrue allegations as soon as possible in a well-mannered post. Mention legal action if the post is not removed.
  • Consider Legal Action—a plaintiffs must decide if it is worth the time and effort to file a lawsuit. An Online defamation attorney may be able to assist in the decision. How damaging is the particular post or series of posts?
  • File a Lawsuit—if the person posting defamatory comments is unknown, it is best to contact an experienced online defamation attorney to obtain subpoena power, and to investigate the matter thoroughly. After obtaining an IP address, you may be able to find out who owns it and locate a poster. Then you can start to name a defendant in a defamation lawsuit.
  • Numerate lost customer and lost revenue—this information will determine what is right in asking for in a court judgment or settlement.

Social Media Lawsuits & Cincinnati Defamation Attorney


Posting defamatory statements, mistruths, hearsay or lies on the Internet is unethical and unlawful. Postings about individuals or businesses on social media can be emotionally and financially damaging in terms of professional reputation, and plaintiffs should consider contacting an online defamation attorney to investigate.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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WRONGFUL DEATH: DISTRACTED DRIVER

(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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