SF Plastic Surgeon Files Defamation Claim Against Negative Reviewers Across The Country To Avoid SLAPP
from the slappity-slapp dept
As for Rajagopal, Levy also points out that not only does she not like negative reviews, but a recent "devastating" report in SF Weekly, covered how Dr. Rajagopal had hired a firm who appears to have written a bunch of totally bogus positive reviews of her work on various review sites. As for the negative reviews that she's so upset about -- well, as the SF Weekly report notes, not all of Dr. Rajagopal's patients may have been able to express their views online:
Some of Rajagopal's patients disagree about her purported capabilities, as does the Medical Board of California. Documents obtained from the board and San Francisco Superior Court show that some patients -- who have not posted their stories in the comments sections -- have been hurt by Rajagopal. In one instance, a 35-year-old woman who was undergoing a fairly routine plastic surgery didn't get the chance to tell anyone about the quality of the doctor's care. Due to what the medical board has called Rajagopal's "gross negligence," the woman sustained a serious brain injury. She slipped into a coma, and never woke up.Levy notes that Dr. Rajagopal remains under discipline by the California Medical Board, and highlights the details (pdf) of the case. It's often quite interesting how attempts by people to silence their critics get lots of people to actually investigate the details behind the original claims, isn't it?
As Levy notes, this is yet another reason why we should have a federal anti-SLAPP law to prevent this kind of forum shopping.