When needing to remove information from the internet, a court judgement stating the information is defamatory is an excellent way to succeed. This will often cause Google to de-index the result, usually scaring most of the web-hosts into removing the information. The sleaziest of the reputation management companies in the industry, are offering a low cost to secure these court orders at an extremely high volume.
The are a minimum of 25 US federal lawsuits that fit into this category. Defamation suits are filed over comments made online. The defendants admit to the defamation in writing, and the plaintiff is rewarded with the judgement they can give to the web-hosts and search engines.
Unfortunately, getting the defendants to admit to anonymous remarks made online is being accomplished by suing imaginary people. In 25 cases, the defendants do appear to be imaginary. Forgery is being used as well, as in the case of Robert Castle. The forger claimed Castle lived in Shasta County in California, but the judge wanted to see Castle. The forger just walked away from this particular suit and refiled it in Los Angeles County. This judge signed off on the case involving the imaginary Robert Castle.
In other cases, the defendant is a real person. A Reputation.com online review of local dentist Mitul Patel was posted by Matthew Chan in Georgia. A claim was filed against Chan by someone claiming to be Patel, but in reality was a fictitious person. The legal filings for Patel were also apparently forgeries, although the forger is unknown. Patel states he did sign a contract with a company owned by Richart Ruddie and that his name appears a lot.
The oldest case located fitting this pattern was in November of 2015. The plaintiff was R. Derrek Ruddie in Owings Mills, Maryland. Derrek appears to be his middle name, and the address that was given in court is associated with Ruddie in several different records. The monthly payments under the contract that was signed by Rescue One Financial are all being sent to Ruddie’s company at his bank in Owings Mills.