Posting a negative review online can get you sued

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  1. EvilEyeFleegle
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    Who would have thought? The types of lawsuits need to be legislated against..not sure how--maybe a 'show cause' component to civil lawsuits? A minimum standard for actions? I'm not a lawyer..so I don't know--but large companies do this all the time...sue just to break you financially..never mind the frivolous nature of the suit.


    Posting a negative review online can get you sued


    "Posting reviews has become second nature for many consumers nowadays – 82 percent of adults say they read online reviews at least some of the time, according to a Pew Research Center Study – so when they have a bad experience with a business, up goes a review, to share it with others.
    But for one man in Florida, what he thought was a simple review turned into a year-long battle in court.
    "I never thought I'd be sued over anything that I write. There's no reason to say anything but the truth," said Tom Lloyd, of DeLand, Florida. But Lloyd said telling the truth got him in trouble.
    His ordeal began when his 10-year-old poodle Rembrandt suddenly fell ill last year. Lloyd rushed him to nearby DeLand Animal Hospital, where he says he was told the dog needed immediate surgery for what was probably a ruptured spleen.
    "I said, 'You're going to do this right now?' And he said, 'Yeah,'" Lloyd recalled.
    But six hours later, he says, the clinic told him to come pick Rembrandt up: that they'd been unable to find a surgeon. He took the dog to a second clinic but says he was told it was too late – Rembrandt would need to be euthanized.
    "It isn't like there's a closure," Lloyd said. "He deserved a chance and they didn't give him a chance. If he would have died on the operating table, I would have understood."
    Afterwards, he posted a review on Yelp, writing "The staff had wasted six hours of Rembrandt's life and destroyed whatever chance he may have had to live. Our Rembrandt deserved a better last day."
    Weeks later, DeLand Animal Hospital and veterinarian Thomas MacPhail sued Lloyd for defamation, alleging his statements were "false" and "published maliciously and recklessly."
    Lloyd said, "I'm finding out that isn't always cheap to give an honest review, because if the other person has money, they can drive you in the ground."
    When "CBS This Morning" spoke with him in May, Lloyd owed $26,000 in legal bills, more than his $20,000 yearly Social Security income.
    And he's not the only person who's been sued. Last year, a New York woman was sued by her doctor for $1 million for posting negative online reviews. A man in Kansas was sued over a three-star Trip Advisor review of a theme park, and a South Carolina woman was sued by a restaurant she claimed refused to honor a coupon.
    "We're seeing a rise in individuals being sued for speaking out online," said Evan Mascagni, who works for the Public Participation Project. He says many lawsuits are designed simply to intimidate. They're called "SLAPP" lawsuits (for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation).
    "A SLAPP filer doesn't go to court to seek justice; they are just trying to silence or harass or intimidate a critic of theirs," Mascagni said."
     
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    Amazon got ahead of this by deleting negative reviews on Hillary Clinton's account of 'What Happened?'.
     
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    I was not aware that this was the political forum?
     
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    I made an on-topic post and you were triggered. I can live with that.
     
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    Your post was not on-topic..and you know it..if anyone was 'triggered', it was you. You just made a stretch to put in a slam on Clinton..and Amazon. Too much of a coward to admit it? I can live with that.
     
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    I would countersue.
     
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    Which is what he did..and won....but his bills were more than his yearly income....and the hospital changed ownership..effectively negating any payout to him.
     
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    Was the sale simply a ploy to avoid payment?
     
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    Maybe..but who could prove it?
     

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