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Question DetailsAsked on 1/26/2012

If a review I am submitting does not favor the company reviewed, am I liable to be sued? I have confirming videos, pics and documents.

I am submitting a negative report on a company, and I have a years worth of documentation of the bad work, but my hubby is concerned that they can sue us. Do I risk that by submitting a negative report?

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We can't offer legal advice, but we can tell you no Angie's List member has ever been successfully sued for a report they have submitted to us.

Please let us know the name of the company who's threatened you--we take action against those who attempt to stifle our members' right to fee speech, including removing them from search results and placing notifications on their profiles.

Angie's List does NOT allow any actions that would manipulate the data available to our service, including companies who threaten members (legal or otherwise) that have reported or would like to report.

Answered 7 years ago by Cas

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You may be sued for defamation. You will likely prevail if you are telling the whole truth. However, you will have to spend money for legal counsel. That's how companies get around the "protected speech" clause. They can lose the case but bankrupt you in the process.

For instance, I want to submit a very negative review of an attorney.

I'll win the suit in court, but unless I plan to represent myself, I have to shell out for counsel.

Now, I know exactly what's required to prevail in a defamation suit. If I show my evidence to the complainant, he may withdraw the suit.

Further, I can ask the court for expenses should I prevail.

Best thing to do is confront the provider with unimpeachable evidence that you are in the right. Truth is the only thing you need to prove.

The person suing you for defamation must prove 1) Publication (posting on Angie's List), 2)malicious intent, 3) actual damage (prove that my posting cost you money. Exactly how much money? Show me documentation). He has the burden. If he fails even one of the tests, you win. If what you claim is the truth and you have what the court considers proof, you win.

Answered 6 years ago by rickflowe




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