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    Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    I was just shaking my head the entire time reading this.

    Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review | ABC News - Yahoo!

    I find it despicable that a professional would feel it necessary to silence their patients/customers from making bad reviews/comments about them with legal forms. It is just dirty.

    "The controversy began in 2010, when Lee went into Makhnevich’s office for a scheduled dentist’s appointment. Bleary from pain, Lee claimed he was told he had to sign several papers, including a “Mutual Agreement to Maintain Privacy,” before being treated. The form required Lee to agree not to publish any commentary or write anything disparaging about his experience with Makhnevich."

    And if anyone can tell me, is a business being on Yelp voluntary, paid for by the business, or can be put there by anyone?

    I ask because this dentist has a Yelp page (which is where the comments were made) and I don't understand why she would do that and feel that it was ok to only silence the bad reviewer(s).

    Honestly, I hope the guy gets back all the money he paid for the procedure from this dentist, plus any attorney fees.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    This is actually happening quite a lot. These kids of suits are usually dismissed, but the pre-trial motions and discovery can cost millions of dollars and years of work. The person filing the suit can usually spare the time, energy, and money, while the person being sued cannot. These have been called SLAPP suits recently, which stands for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Quite a few states have enacted statutes in the last few years to allow early dismissal, so that no one suffers through a lengthy, meritless lawsuit. There's an effort right now to enact a federal one, too.

    Some states have stronger or weaker Anti-SLAPP laws. New York's isn't particularly strong, and might not protect this Yelp reviewer.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    Have you ever tried to look up the history of malpractice suits against doctors?

    Apparently it's a matter of deepest national security.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    This is actually happening quite a lot. These kids of suits are usually dismissed, but the pre-trial motions and discovery can cost millions of dollars and years of work. The person filing the suit can usually spare the time, energy, and money, while the person being sued cannot. These have been called SLAPP suits recently, which stands for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Quite a few states have enacted statutes in the last few years to allow early dismissal, so that no one suffers through a lengthy, meritless lawsuit. There's an effort right now to enact a federal one, too.

    Some states have stronger or weaker Anti-SLAPP laws. New York's isn't particularly strong, and might not protect this Yelp reviewer.
    I believe he is being helped by some legal advocacy firm, Public Citizen (not sure what exactly they are). I would honestly just like to see it go all the way so maybe it will lead to changes and get justice for this guy.

    Encouraging words by the distributors of those legal forms, but not enough if they are still selling them.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I find it despicable that a professional would feel it necessary to silence their patients/customers from making bad reviews/comments about them with legal forms. It is just dirty.
    To me, it's a huge warning sign that I shouldn't be soliciting the services of such a professional in the first place.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I believe he is being helped by some legal advocacy firm, Public Citizen (not sure what exactly they are).
    Public Citizen doesn't do legal advocacy, I don't think. They just lobby. Oh, wait, is lobbying bad?
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    The simple fact that this dentist participates with a critique company and then makes his patients sign a non-disclosure form says everything you need to know about him. He wants to prop up anything that makes him look good and hides everything that makes him look bad. You dont want this type of guy hacking away at your mouth looking for reasons to take your money.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    The simple fact that this dentist participates with a critique company and then makes his patients sign a non-disclosure form says everything you need to know about him. He wants to prop up anything that makes him look good and hides everything that makes him look bad. You dont want this type of guy hacking away at your mouth looking for reasons to take your money.
    What if your insurance company dictates that who they will pay for to be your dentist?
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    a BETTER way to get a positive review is to just do a good job, not screw your patients over, and be honest with them.

    Wow - right? I know, like crazy **** there.
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    Re: Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

    I don't think this publicity will be good for the dentist.
    I may be wrong.

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