Infobahn Technologies / Response to Defamatory Postings
We are posting this as attorneys for Empower IT, Inc., d/b/a Infobahn Technologies (“Infobahn”) to respond to false and defamatory statements concerning Infobahn that have been posted on this site. Infobahn is a successful and reputable IT consulting company based in Massachusetts that has a national client base, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. Infobahn’s success depends, in large part, on its continuing ability to attract the most talented consultants to provide the highest level consulting services to its clients. To that end, Infobahn offers its employees competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of the technology industry. It also devotes substantial resources to its employees’ immigration issues and has assisted numerous employees in obtaining their green cards for the past eleven years. Infobahn is quite proud of the benefits it provides to its employees and the good reputation it has built and is quite troubled to see false, unsubstantiated, and anonymous postings that could be injurious to Infobahn’s reputation in the market and its ability to attract talented consultants. Please be advised that Infobahn has demanded that the site operator remove false and baseless complaints and comments concerning Infobahn and provide Infobahn with available information concerning the identities/e-mail addresses behind the defamatory postings. Infobahn intends to conduct further discovery as necessary to identify persons posting false statements concerning Infobahn so that it may pursue defamation claims to protect its reputation.
Free speech is, of course, a right to be encouraged in our society. It is not, however, a license for persons to make anonymous defamatory allegations in the guise of providing information to those seeking employment with Infobahn or other companies. That is particularly the case where, in light of the very nature of the target audience of websites such as this, the defamatory statements could cause talented IT consultants to forego good employment opportunities and cause financial damage to reputable companies by impairing their ability to hire prospective employees, generate revenue, and maintain their reputation with employees and clients. Anonymous postings eliminate the ability to verify the source or accuracy of information posted. It is all too easy for employers unable to compete with reputable companies such as Infobahn on a level playing field to resort to the posting of defamatory statements to try to gain an unfair advantage in competing for talented consultants or for a former employee working for a competitor to defame his former employer by publishing intentionally false and damaging statements. Infobahn will not allow such defamation to continue unchecked and is prepared to take all necessary steps to identify the persons making the defamatory statements.
We challenge the person or persons posting information about Infobahn to identify themselves publicly on this site and to contact this office. Truth is a defense to a defamation action and anyone who posted truthful information about Infobahn would have no reason to hide their identity. We also encourage anyone who has any questions or concerns about Infobahn to contact us so that we can resolve any questions or concerns you may have.
Joseph F. Hardcastle, Esq.
Hardcastle & Shober
50 Congress Street, Suite 314
Boston, MA 02109