Florida Doctor Sues Patient For Posting Bad Review Online
Fox News, Orlando, Florida
May 24, 2012
A Florida plastic surgeon has filed a lawsuit against one of his patients for posting an unfavorable review of him online.
Dr. Armando Soto said 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 said 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 said 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.