Would you sue a patient over a review you felt to be defamatory?
Dr. Nima Dayani has taken his one-time patient to court over a moderately critical Yelp review, Buzzfeed reports.
Mary Rohs, who rated the DDS with 3 stars, posted that she'd been made to wait 2 hours, and that no diagnosis was reached by the end of the appointment. She also criticized Dr. Dayani's bedside manner as "curt and dismissive".
Dr. Dayani contested this review as defamation and has attempted to sue Rohs for $100,000 – and the two have been embroiled in an on-going court battle. He suggests that a lack of diagnosis is a public accusation of malpractice, which harms his practice and constitutes defamation.
Recently, Yelp got involved and flagged Dr. Dayani's DDS Yelp page with a "consumer warning", suggesting that his business may be “issuing questionable legal threats against reviewers.”
According to court records, Dr. Dayani has attempted to sue at least 4 patients over negative reviews.