By Anonymous - 10/8/2019 00:01

Is it slander or libel?

Today, I posted a review, on a strictly anonymous site, about a doctor I went to see for my anxiety but who actually made me worse. A while later, the same doctor called my home phone, addressed me by my full name and threatened to sue me for slander if I didn't take down the review. All of which was 100% true. FML
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By  ForSeriousReally  |  17

CLEARLY the doctor doesn't know what he's talking about. First of all, slander is defamation that is spoken, not written. What he's thinking of is actually called libel. As you know, truth is a defense to defamation, so as long as the things you've stated in your review were accurate and specific, or were an opinion, I wouldn't worry too much. As always, don't ignore a lawsuit if served lest a default judgement be issued against you, but again I wouldn't be too concerned. The fact that the site was anonymous and he was able to correctly ascertain who you were seems to be a good indication that what you wrote was accurate.

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By  ForSeriousReally  |  17

CLEARLY the doctor doesn't know what he's talking about. First of all, slander is defamation that is spoken, not written. What he's thinking of is actually called libel. As you know, truth is a defense to defamation, so as long as the things you've stated in your review were accurate and specific, or were an opinion, I wouldn't worry too much. As always, don't ignore a lawsuit if served lest a default judgement be issued against you, but again I wouldn't be too concerned. The fact that the site was anonymous and he was able to correctly ascertain who you were seems to be a good indication that what you wrote was accurate.

By  thisshtissad  |  9

This reminds me of this dentist who took out my wisdom teeth. He slipped and stabbed me inside my throat.. while awake. My throat was bleeding for weeks. I called Morgan & Morgan just to ask for some advice due to it possibly disabling my vocal cords.. she told me I better not do anything to that doctor because she knows him. She then called the doctor and told him. When I went in the next time, he treated me very weird.. I can't even believe Morgan & Morgan. My vocal cords are my career. I can't risk that.

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  Sam Siggers  |  8

She isnt allowed to do that whatsoever. she just broke a law to protect her "friend". that lawyer should of told you soon as you mentioned the dentists name, she should of told you that she cant do it and to move you onto another lawyer. Again she is breaking lawyer to client confidentiatly and she could very much lose her licence over this. id suggest taking this up with her bosses and filing a serious complaint to the bar which is an organization that gives lawyers the right to do certain things in a court and such.

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  Mungolikecandy  |  18

As Sam Siggers states, she broke the law by doing that. I hope you reported her for it.

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  chyiochan  |  28

Why the heck would you GO BACK? Or get another lawyer at that practice? Or ANY other lawyer? If there's a conflict of interest she should have moved you to another partner/firm. Her informing your Dentist is illegal, even if your meeting was just a consultation.

By  KaD6  |  21

Slander is the spoken form of defamation, libel is the written form. Btw, to make the case in court he's have to prove he'd suffered a loss, typically financial, because of the statement. I doubt he can do that.

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  Yudith  |  20

That's the easiest part; companies and professionals suffer financial losses all the time due to bad publicity. That's why some of them ask their employees to post five-stars reviews on various website. However, the doctor will have way more trouble when the Board of Doctors starts it inquiry about the truth of the review.

By  slym12312425  |  7

First off, he hasn't got a leg to stand on if what you said of him is true. Second, even if what you said is false (in which case bad on you, but I give benefit of the doubt to you here) he still has to prove a financial or other type of loss of significant value to actually get anything. Third, he called you after seeing the review on an anonymous review site, so why was he monitoring that site?

By  SadiyaRabia  |  7

Don’t take it down. He takes you to court make sure you have a copy of your phone call statement and they’ll see he called you. He’ll lose all credibility. Don’t back down.

By  leighmacj  |  7

He wouldn’t have a leg to stand on, he is just trying to string arm you because he knows you have mental stability issues.
Keep the review up and intact put up another review about the threat.
He sounds like a real shit cunt.