Several years ago, my mother was involved in one of those MLM companies, which, I feel (and she felt) scammed her. Later, I wrote a hub about what had happened to her. My hub contained factual claims about how the company did business with my mother. It also contained why I felt the company was a scam...
Now legally speaking, it was my "opinion" that the company was a scam and I used the word "scam" frequently in my hub. There are/were a number of similar complaints about this same company online.
Anyhow, my hub was ranked #1 for "COMPANY_NAME Scam" and I made some decent money from the hub. However, my goal was not to make money with the hub (although it was nice) but, instead, was to expose the company.
I received a Cease & Desist letter about this hub a little over a year ago (which I display proudly) so I pulled the hub because I didn't want any legal trouble. The C&D letter said that because I was partaking in defamation, they would sue me if I kept the article up.
So my question is, is this fair? How can I express my opinions about a company without being bullied with legal mumbo jumbo?
The company may claim defamation if they are able to establish that the info in your hub was false. You may "honestly believe" that they are a scam, but "opinion" is not a defense.
In case of a legal suit (if things come to that), you cannot claim even a honest opinion as defense - you will have to prove that their activities are actually a scam.
You may change the focus from "scam" to a "honest review" and then cite your experiences.
Sidd is absolutely correct. I would suggest finding evidence about relating to this, so then you could keep it as a scam and if they chose to take you to court, you would have the winning side. Talk to a lawyer about it, see what information they can help you dig up, and you could be on your way to possibly taking the company down.
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