Libel or Slander?

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives of Hickory

Do we as agents have to take what people say about us?  Where is the limit on how we can respond to threats of adverse blogs and false accusations?  I certainly don't want to get in to a contest of who can say what to who, but it doesn't seem fair to be in the public target range for whatever their thoughts and feelings are.  I'm the first to admit it if I have truly made a mistake, but how do you cope with people who are saying these things about you that you know aren't true?

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I would definitely confront the person....that's the only way....stay in control and act rationally....but you must confront your accuser...and try to understand their side while defending your reputation.

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I’m not a lawyer (thank God) but a blogger could be held liable for their writing. There was a case recently in NY – I think. I’m not privy to all the information on that case but the details are out there just Google.

 

You can request that all posts in question be removed from their blog. Or, at least meet a middle ground to which (And, I’m assuming this) if they’ve used your full name, then ask that they remove your name and insert a pronoun instead.

 

If you don’t plan on confronting this person then let me assure you that I can almost bet (And, I don’t bet by the way) that this blog isn’t hugely popular. Plus, whoever it is most likely will move on to another rant in the near future. Your course of action should largely depend upon how you feel this might affect you as a real estate agent. 

 

Good luck and hopefully this will all end very soon.

 

Just my 2 cents…I’m not an agent btw.

October 24, 2009 07:15 AM
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