MARCH 21, 2013
“When Web Reviews Lead To Lawsuits”
Ken Paulson, Delaware Online
When a Minnesota man felt his family was treated shabbily by a neurologist, he made sure the world knew about it.
Dennis Laurion posted caustic reviews of Minnesota neurologist David McKee, saying he was insensitive to his father’s needs and claiming that a nurse called the doctor “a real tool.” This angered McKee, who offered his own prescription: a libel suit.
The Minnesota Supreme Court found that the critical comments were protected under the First Amendment as free speech because they were just an opinion and mere vituperation and dismissed the case.