High court rules online posts didn't defame doctor

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 11:49 PM

The closely watched case tested the boundaries of First Amendment rights vs. reputation.

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aanen1Jan. 30, 1312:01 PM

If you don't want to hear the answers, don't ask for opinions. There was a place on this website to rate doctors, the patient's family did, end of discussion. As a doctor, if you don't want patients or their families commenting on your performance, then don't put your name on a website that rates doctors. And be nice!!

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dymomanJan. 30, 13 1:04 PM

All I'm getting out of this one is that I make SURE I don't end up on bed that doctor visits!

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lloyd55423Jan. 30, 13 1:21 PM

I wonder if the court's finding would be the same if the wordsin question were spoken in a hardware store, such as, "don't buy that Stanley pliers, this Craftsman is a real tool."

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milhouseJan. 30, 13 1:28 PM

Ironically the doctor suing the patient's son will likely have caused more harm to himself than ignoring the website comment ever would.

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zyxwvuJan. 30, 13 1:53 PM

good doctors are more concerned for their patients welfare, their reputation will thus take care of itself....

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rosebowl2015Jan. 30, 13 3:10 PM

aanen1: Doctors don't sign up for these websites. All doctor's names are listed, and doctors don't have the choice of having their name removed. Unfortunately only the patients who are unhappy post comments, the happy, satisfied patient doesn't bother to post in most cases.

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ericgus55Jan. 30, 13 3:19 PM

Seeing the things that folks write in reviews and online in general, I'm surprised anyone would ever want to be included in any online review system. A disgruntled customer with time on their hands and an axe to grind is a terrifying thought. Maybe this doctor deserved it, maybe not, who knows?

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ericgus55Jan. 30, 13 3:21 PM

dymoman-- The other thing that should be taken away from this is never to do business with the patient's son.

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quizzyJan. 30, 13 6:38 PM

I post on those sites frequently, both good and bad comments. Recently I posted a review of a doctor who had been seeing me for over 15 years, and it was negative. There were two other reviews from long-time patients with the exact same complaint. I would much rather be able to warn someone about a doctor who is past his prime than worry about a review of a restaurant.

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YoganaziJan. 30, 13 8:26 PM

The patient's son should be listed in the " disgruntled patient database " so medical providers can refuse to treat passive aggressive patients like this one.

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