January 13, 2012
“Doctor’s Defamation Lawsuit Sent To Jury”
A Minnesota appeals court said a jury should decide whether a Duluth, Minnesota, man defamed a local doctor by posting derogatory comments about his bedside manner on rate-your-doctor websites.
The appeals court Monday sent the case back to St. Louis County for trial. A district court judge had earlier ruled Dr. David McKee was not defamed by the criticism and threw out his lawsuit against Dennis Laurion. McKee wants $50,000 in damages from Laurion for posting the statements on the Internet. Judge Eric Hylden said Laurion’s comments were opinions and constituted statements that were too vague to be defamatory.
The Duluth News Tribune says Laurion was critical of the treatment his father, Kenneth, received from McKee after suffering a stroke and spending four days at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota last year.