May 24, 2012
“Florida Doctor Sues Patient For Posting Bad Review Online”
Fox News, Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A Florida plastic surgeon has filed a lawsuit against one of his patients for posting an unfavorable review of him online.
Dr. Armando Soto told My Fox Orlando he filed the suit to protect his reputation and his business. The unnamed patient allegedly trashed his services online at the website Rate MDs, posting complaints about a breast surgery.
Attorney Larry Walters tells My Fox Orlando although the patient may be covered by free speech laws, this protection will only apply if the criticism is valid. “You cannot cross the line and make false statement of fact about a person that causes damages to that person,” he said.
Dr. Soto tells My Fox Orlando he has been in contact with the patient he filed the suit against, and they are trying to work it out. He said he believes his suit against the patient could soon be dropped.