Online Critique Of Doctor Not Defamatory: Minn. High Court

Law360, New York (January 30, 2013, 5:42 PM EST) -- Minnesota's top court on Wednesday nixed a neurologist's defamation suit against a patient's son who criticized him online, concluding it couldn't be proven that six statements at issue — including one calling the doctor "a real tool" — were either false or defamatory.

The Minnesota Supreme Court, in reversing an appeals court ruling, said three allegedly defamatory statements posted online by Dennis K. Laurion criticizing Dr. David McKee for what he perceived as rude and insensitive behavior when treating his father isn't actionable because there is...
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