February 15, 2013
“Calling Doc ‘A Real Tool’ Isn’t Defamatory, Minnesota Supreme Court Rules”
Daly Law Firm News
The Minnesota Supreme Court recently threw out a case in which neurologist David McKee sued a man, Dennis Laurion, for defamation after Laurion shared a story on several online websites that rate doctors, in which a nurse friend claimed that “Dr. McKee is a real tool!” The court ruled that the statements were not actionable because they fall into the category of pure opinion under the First Amendment, meaning that the term “real tool” can’t be proven to be true or false and are therefore judged incapable of truly harming his reputation. Laurion’s lawyer clarified that the online medium the statements were shared in did not affect the court’s opinion.