Brief summary: Spencer Bailey did not care for the dental service provided Dr. Mo Saleh and left a negative review of his experience on Yelp.com. Dr. Saleh didn't care for Bailey's negative review and sued him for $300,000.
Look at what Yelp.com has to say about negative reviews here:
What if I had a bad experience? Can I say something negative?
Yelp.com says it is okay for Spencer Bailey to leave a negative review as long as the information is true.
Did this dentist not pay attention to the news in his local area? It made quite a stir in Portland both around the middle of May, when the media found the story, and then again mid-July with the final hearing. It was on most every local news station and newspaper as well as national level, and overseas. Maybe this dentist did see the news and just thinks he is special. That could be the case. Do people who file defamation lawsuits have similar character profiles? That's an interesting thought.
Dear Dr. Saleh: Let me help you out. You will most likely not win this case. Yelp is a site for "opinions". Opinions are protected speech. If my former pastor did not win, you probably won't either. Let me save you a lot of money. You might consider the following:
- Pull out now. Withdraw the lawsuit immediately. Don't waste any more attorney fees. You must do this immediately as now that the media has the story, your reputation could be far worse. Go look at my former pastor's reviews to see what happened when people heard about a pastor suing former church members.
- Look up Streisand Effect to see what happens in cases like mine (and yours). The Streisand Effect would not be good for your reputation. You will be doing far worse to yourself than Bailey ever did by his one negative review, which would have been buried by positives (if you really are a good dentist as you claim).
- Issue a press release (maximum of 2 paragraphs - do not follow the example of the press release I have shown on my blog - that is far too long and will subject you to more public criticism). In the press release, consider expressing your heartfelt sorrow for having caused grief to Mr. Bailey. You might need to make things right with him because he could sue you!
* * * * * * * * Follow-Up to this story 9/3/12
I just read the Willamette Week news article on this case a few minutes ago and was so pleased to read that Spencer Bailey is in very good hands. He is being represented by my attorney, Linda Williams, and Jeremiah Ross. Woohoo!! And of course they have filed the motion to strike using the anti-SLAPP statute. The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. You can be sure I will be watching this case.
This article also shares what Spencer said in his reviews:
The reviews cited in the complaint include statements saying Bailey implied ”improper and insufficient dental services by Dr. Saleh.” The complaint further alleges that Bailey wrote, “if Dr. Saleh tells you that you have a cavity — GET A SECOND OPINION.”
According to the complaint. Bailey said he had never had a cavity in 32 years until Saleh found several. Bailey’s lawyers have responded by stating that Bailey went to Saleh for dental work and then went to another dentist after experiencing pain. They claim that the other dentist advised Bailey that some of the fillings were unnecessary and some were poorly put in.
Bailey’s attorneys, Jeremiah Ross and Linda Williams, also claimed that Saleh contacted Bailey after he reviewed the dentist on various web sites, threatening him to remove them. They say Bailey removed the postings out of concern for his and his family’s safety. Even though Bailey removed the postings, Saleh is proceeding with his suit. (Saleh’s lawyer declined to comment.)Anonymous poster: Perhaps this should help clarify some things for you. :)