Defending Against Anonymity | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | December 17th, 2010

This is probably one of the most interesting online defamation suits I have seen in recent weeks–a plastic surgeon suing former patients of his. The three defendents in the suit are all women and former patients of the good doctor’s. He claims that they left anonymous comments on a review site in which they unfairly maligned him or his work.


He has launched a lawsuit again Elaina Bender, Lisa Cuevas, and another unnamed woman for $100,000 each for allegedly calling him ‘dangerous,’ ‘ruthless’ and a ‘liar’ in their postings.


The three women wrote their comments anonymously on Yelp and Citysearch, two online review websites, but their identities were revealed when Dr Pensler’s lawyers subpoenaed the companies for the information.


I would not guess as to whether Dr. Pensler will win or lose his lawsuit, but I certainly sympathize with his situation. The anonymous postings have undoubtedly caused him to lose many clients that he might otherwise have gotten.



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