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There are news reports about a snow removal company that has been taking money from customers and not doing the work. I posted a video from channel 7 on my Facebook page about this and I was just served papers from the snow company’s attorney advising me that is I did not stop posting these videos they would sue me. Can they do that? can I really be sued for posting a video from a news station regarding the company?
Asked on March 6, 2018 under Business Law, Michigan
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
You could only be sued if:
1) You are violating some agreement (e.g. a non-disclosure or confidentiality or non-disparagement clause in an employment contract, if you had been an employee) with the company;
2) The video turns out to be factually untrue, in which case it may be defamation, and those reposting it could be guilty of defamation, too;
3) If this video had not been from a public news report but had been some in-house video of the company, which you obtained improperly.
Otherwise, there are no legal grounds to sue someone for posting a factually true video or other statement about a company.
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