Australian Federal Court orders Google to turn over identifying information of user who left negative review for Melbourne dentist
This is absurd. Dentist forcing company to turn over customer info so he can sue them for bad review? What’s the point of reviews then?
Google seems to have disabled reviews for now on his office: gmaps link. All I could find about the review was from BBC:
This is just absurd.
He's not suing for a bad review. He believes this is a fake review, which "may have come from a competitor or disgruntled former employee". He believes this because:
They're trying to find out if the review is fake. If it is a fake review, then it counts as libel. That's a suable offence.
IANAL but the Victorian Defamation Act of 2005 seems relevant here. Apparently there's no 'libel' legally-speaking. Both libel and slander fall under 'defamation'.
I already know that libel and slander are two forms of defamation: libel is literary (i.e. written) defamation, and slander is spoken defamation (handy mnemonics for the win!) And, because they're both defamation, they're both suable - which is what that Victorian act seems to recognise.
So, whether we call it libel or defamation, this review is still written defamation and is still suable.
He is probably hoping for more clients, as opposed to offering free technical advice :)
He's a lawyer. I've yet to meet a lawyer who is technically competent.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Sounds like he is referring to suing the VPNs via the courts to unmask the anonymous user.