Doctor’s lawsuit against former patient’s son for negative review is dismissed

A State Supreme Court Dismisses Doctor’s Lawsuit Against Former Patient’s Son for Defamation

In an interesting case from Minnesota, the state’s Supreme Court dismissed a doctor’s lawsuit against a man who left negative feedback about the doctor on a “rate-your-doctor” website. The man was the son of the doctor’s patient.  The patient’s son was sued for defamation when he criticized the doctor’s bedside manner on an internet site.

According to an article by the Star Tribune, the state’s Supreme Court dismissed the suit saying the alleged defamatory statements were either protected opinion, substantially true or too vague to convey a defamatory meaning.



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