Contractor sues homeowner for bad Yelp review
Free speech or slander?
- Duration 3:04
- Date Dec 7, 2012
Free speech or slander?
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-- -- Online for a bad experience and may have had this next story may surprise you got a woman a Virginia woman is being sued by a contractor she hired.
Have -- a one star scathing review on the web site -- She claims the contractor failed to do the job she hired him for but he says that's not true.
Now we claims -- -- is costing in business.
Dress right now with more is lawyers Steve and -- warning is Steve.
Morning Daryn also this woman said that -- the contractor damaged her house and stole her -- -- that that was the key that -- kicker I think you know when you impugn someone being a criminal or doing.
Committing a crime.
That rises to the level of of of a problem so if you just say this guy came in in he did in my opinion a lousy job -- that's okay.
Seen the whole key from -- remember is that.
The Internet it's a wonderful tool but it's a legal trap.
The -- you put something in writing.
The genie is out of the bottle.
And -- words have meetings and depending on what the reasonable person interprets those words to be that can be actionable as defamation.
Where they can be an opinion so that's where begin doesn't remember what happened major Nelson when he opened up that -- I don't mean it was a special series will have a trouble throughout your.
So what you're doing -- you're breaking it down between opinion.
Well no opinion a statement of fact but -- it has to rise the level of defamation which is a harm to one's reputation.
Certain words have -- when you say someone that there -- criminal war that they are going bankrupt what -- financially unstable.
Or a woman is sexually.
The orange yelled at it there's all kinds of things that -- implies or actionable does the contract and the case.
Well certainly he has a case to -- are the question is all the words true did -- really happened truth is an actual defense.
But you know in most situations -- people don't understand.
-- -- even to defend yourself.
From such a lawsuit.
Could cost -- tens of thousands of dollars will -- this contractor is now suing her and says I did a 150%.
Of the job and I did not steal jewelry right -- -- he wants 700000.
Dollars from her we tell -- it's not surprising I currently represent a woman.
Who wrote an opinion.
So she thought online okay.
But she stated and actually she pretended that she was not competitor which he was which she was a customer and who had gone to this other business -- and purchased a product that was shot and okay.
She got a lawyer's letter -- swat.
What do you think the lawyer.
Asked for in damages is to start like negotiation a 100000 dollars at a 100000 dollars in punitive damages claiming was malicious okay.
Bottom line is I offered 5000 they laughed.
I mean the cases and litigation opinions OK but if you stated as fact -- in trouble -- -- Lawyer thank you -- -- who wrote the book the employee rights handbook could -- thanks again.