My question involves defamation in the state of: Libel, Slander, and defimation of character
I own a small business and I have been in business for about 3 years. We have been in the process of making aftermarket components for automobiles.
Recently an Internet forum had some members that started questioning the parts we sell. They went, did independent testing, and were unhappy with the results. From these results, the intentions of the testers was to start telling people to not buy our parts, and it turned into a snowball effect as they purposely posted on several different message boards telling people not to buy from us, and calling our business a scam, fraud, and just about every other name in the book they could hatch up.
Some of the readers on these message boards (who do not have our products) have taken it upon themselves to attempt a lawsuit based on theorys, and what other people have been complaining about. They have searched out public and private records and made them public on the internet message boards. They are actively campaigning to degrade the business with every reader of the forums.
My question is this: I have contacted the owners of the sites to shut down the threads due to libel and personal information being posted in them. I get a abrubt "send us your legal response and we will look into it"
The concern that I have is that there are key individuals that I would personally like to go after, but because their identities are protected online, I don't know who they are. Also, I want to get a court order to force the internet message boards to suspend or remove the threads with the false information in them. How can I do this, is there someone here who specializes in internet law when it comes to libel?