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VIC Any Recourse for Any False Statements Made Online?

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by Marena, 11 August 2016.

  1. Marena

    Marena Member

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    I have recently received information regarding a post written on the Internet that made false statements about the nature of mine and my sister's relationship with a deceased family member. These statements are untrue and extremely distressing.

    The post was discovered by a mutual friend and the author of the post has made little attempt to hide their identity, and little attempt to hide mine and that of other family member they have effectively libelled.

    Do I have any recourse?
     
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the nature of the comments you may have a cause of action in defamation.

    Keep in mind that hurt feelings do not count in a defamation case and the material being complained of must be disparaging in the eyes of the ordinary reasonable person (ie not you). If you do want to pursue the action then it is best to see a lawyer.
     
  3. Marena

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    Thanks Rod. The comments falsely stated an estrangement in the family which was just not true. They were made by an aggrieved person who thought they would support a case she was trying to make in support of, you guessed it - gaining money!
     

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