Online Defamation and Website Removal

(172 Ratings)

Produced on: July 20, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

It is estimated that 40,000 Google search queries occur every second. Whether looking for a health care provider or where to eat dinner, Americans are dependent on the internet for their main source of information. For individuals and businesses, their online reputation is imperative as future customers, prospective employers, and even family members rely on websites to provide truthful and accurate information. However, there has been a growing trend of websites containing false information that creates irreparable harm. This course, presented by Daniel Szalkiewicz, focuses on what defines a defamatory website and addresses the basic challenges facing internet defamation practitioners.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what a defamatory statement is, including how to analyze the actual words and location where the statement is made online
  2. Obtain a basic understanding of the Communications Decency Act and how it affects plaintiffs
  3. Discuss challenges in obtaining injunctive relief and court orders to have websites removed


Daniel Szalkiewicz

Daniel Szalkiewicz & Associates, P.C.

DANIEL SZALKIEWICZ is an attorney and the founder of Daniel Szalkiewicz & Associates, P.C., a unique law firm dedicated to handling internet privacy, defamation, revenge porn, and free speech cases. He has successfully litigated to protect online victims, unmask anonymous bloggers, and remove libelous content from the internet. Mr. Szalkiewicz has argued internet defamation cases in multiple jurisdiction and in both federal and state courts. In 2010, he was one of the first New York attorneys to sue an email address as a John Doe defendant. His defamation cases are often in the media and his clients range from hedge fund managers, lawyers, doctors, and politicians to private citizens. Mr. Szalkiewicz is often quoted in newspapers, including Fox News, for his views on internet cases. He earned his B.A. degree from SUNY Binghamton and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.



Excellent seminar. All attorneys should attend.

Justin B.

Good job.

Grant P.

Excellent program.

Diana B.

I found the course useful, as a copyright and marketing lawyer, and after 1st Amendment/SCOTUS CLE courses earlier today. Rare to find his perspective.

Cynthia Coulter M.

Well organized and informative.

Adrienne L.

Essential information for navigating the digital world

Brooks P.

Good overview of defamation law as it relates to Internet

Geoffrey K.

Very knowledgeable speaker and excellent written materials.

francisco javier m.

10 out of 10

Richard R.

While I am mostly a defense lawyer, it was interesting learning these issues from a plaintiff's perspective.

Cali M.


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