Earlier today a couple comments come through on that particular blog post. They were from the defendant in the case, Spencer Bailey:
WOOHOOOOOOO!!! A big congratulations to YOU, Spencer. I'm cheering in Eastern Washington for you!!! What a sweet victory! Go celebrate!
Here's the new KATU.com article:
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – A dentist, who sued a former patient for defamation, had his lawsuit thrown out Thursday.
A judge decided the critical comments made on review site YELP.com and other sites were free speech.
"I'm disgusted. I'm actually really disgusted," said dentist Mo Saleh, who tried to sue his former client, Spencer Bailey, for defamation after finding negative reviews on the Internet. "The reason I'm risking opportunity and risking this negative exposure is because I feel that this is wrong."
The Anti-SLAPP law was used in this case as was mine. Spencer Bailey's was represented by attorneys Jeremiah Ross and Linda Williams (my attorney). Here's a little more about the Anti-SLAPP law and how beneficial it is to those post publicly:
Businesses can sometimes file those suits to quiet criticism. But the Anti-SLAPP law can be a friend to those who are taken to court, giving them free speech protection when they make comments in a public forum and concern a public interest, which a site like YELP seeks to serve.
"It's not easy to be sued and dragged into court," said Jeremiah Ross, the attorney who represented Bailey. "Just as we anticipated, they couldn't prove their case because it wasn't a defamatory statement."