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Question DetailsAsked on 7/21/2012

How can a person write a poor review without getting sued?

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I am not a lawyer but I am a former journalist.
Your First Amendment rights to free speech are protected, but you must make clear in your review that any negative issue that is not provable in a court of law is expressed as your opinion.
For instance, if you say a contractor promised work to be done and the work was never done, that is a fact that can be proven and is not considered libelous or slanderous.
On the other hand, if you say a contractor is ugly or a pervert or some other negative comment, be SURE to preface those remarks by saying, "In my opinion."
For instance, if you state that someone is a pervert without adding the IMO statement, the law considers that you are stating a fact. Remember, facts can be proven, and opinions do not have to be proven.
Also, it does not hurt to repeat the "IMO" phrase before each statement you are making that could be considered harmful to someone's reputation.
Again, I am not a lawyer, so caveat emptor on my free advice....

Answered 8 years ago by big-canoe



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