I’m sure you are aware of a Google DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notification resulting in content that Google deems copied is blocked from it’s search results, but did you know Google also blocks content that’s considered defamation.
Late last year (November 2016) I accidentally fell foul of the Google defamation process resulting in multiple comments being removed from Google SERPs when users searched for phrases like “DLH Web Consultancy Ltd Review”. If you search Google for “DLH Web Consultancy Ltd Review” you will note at the bottom a notice:
Defamation Complaint to Google
In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at LumenDatabase.org.
With a link to the relevant defamation claim: https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13378139
Defamation Complaint to Google
Sent via: Unknown
Notice Type: Defamation
The articles contain several falsehoods. It relates to the company called DLH Web Consultancy Ltd, which is a totally separate company also this company has also legally closed. The author has, however, updated the articles to feature “AKA Web Consultancy Group”. As it is a different company and has nothing to do with the matters he refers to we believe this to be prejudicial against our business and request that they be removed from the website. We have contacted Fasthosts, where the server is and they provided us with an email for the host master, 3 email have since been sent with no reply. Further, the articles feature personal attacks against a lady, Elizabeth Mulligan, and seek to embarrass her. The publication of certain information by David Law has caused Ms Mulligan a great deal of anxiety and stress. Fact is, I work at Web Consultancy Group Limited, this is a totally separate company and has never been known as DLH Web Consultancy. This s …
Defamation Claim #1
URLs of Allegedly Defamatory Material:
The mistake I’d made (now rectified in the original review etc…) was referring to two companies DLH Web Consultancy Ltd and Web Consultancy Group Ltd as the same business: it was the “AKA Web Consultancy Group” and similar references (I’ve removed them).
The business I reviewed in 2014 was called:
DLH Web Consultancy Ltd : https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08239559
Business Address: Boho One – F05, Bridge Street West, Middlesbrough, England TS2 1AE
DLH Web Consultancy Ltd (closed on 4th October 2016), it was operated by a Stephen Hall and employed Elizabeth Mulligan who SPAM emailed me in 2014 (see DLH Web Consultancy Ltd Review for the unsolicited SPAM email).
The new business
Web Consultancy Group Ltd : https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07924238
Business Address: 21 Gosford St, Middlesbrough, TS2 1BB.
Web Consultancy Group Ltd is an active business (May 2017) and is operated by a Stephen Hall and employs Elizabeth Mulligan who SPAM emailed me in May 2017 (see Web Consultancy Group Ltd Review for the unsolicited SPAM email).
Note: Web Consultancy Group Ltd used to be called Data Supply Services (UK) Ltd, it was renamed to Web Consultancy Group Ltd on 14th October 2016. Its registered office address was changed from Boho One – F05 Bridge Street West Middlesbrough TS2 1AE to Royal Middlehaven House Gosford Street Middlesbrough Cleveland TS2 1BB on 17 December 2015.
Even though both businesses are associated with Stephen Hall and Elizabeth Mulligan, legally speaking DLH Web Consultancy Ltd and Web Consultancy Group Ltd are NOT the same company. My mistake was referring to them as the same business, I thought they’d just renamed DLH Web Consultancy Ltd to Web Consultancy Group Ltd since it’s the same people and they offer the same services, use the same websites etc…
With a bit of luck Google will stop blocking my DLH Web Consultancy Ltd Review SERPs and businesses considering using services offered by Stephen hall etc… will know who they are dealing with.
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