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Old 15-05-2007   #1
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Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

Hi all,

I need some advice.

I have written a long and very fair review of a very expensive and exclusive product I own and I want to publish it on my website once I finish the site. However, it's so fair that there's a heck of a lot of negative comments on the product as well as the good ones and the guy who supplies the product has past history with threatening legal action over comments made about his products, claiming for a loss of earnings in the region of £30,000 in the past. Although he backed off this claim when the other guys solicitor got involved.

I just need to know for sure I am safe to publish this review without fear of a lawsuit.

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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

isn't the point of the internet to express your views freely? and if it's fair i can't see there being a problem, what is it your reviewing?
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

If he goes to that level it may be worth contacting a legal department first many offer a free first 30min appointment.
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

If what you say in the review is true then you have nothing to worry about. If it goes to trial you would need deep pockets and strong nerve and the law has been used in this way to muzzle legitimate criticism in the past. Robert Maxwell was very hot on this. I can say what I like now, you can't slander the dead!
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

add a disclaimer, something like:

All views, opinions or recommendations herein are those of the individual author, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of those the author works for or is affiliated with, nor are they expressly or impliedly endorsed by those providing this website. The information contained herein is intended solely as a general reference source, and to the fullest extent permitted by law, the information is provided "AS IS" without any warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. No one may rely on the accuracy, integrity, quality, or completeness of the general information herein. Accordingly neither the authors, editors nor anyone else affiliated with this website may be held liable for damages of any kind whatsoever allegedly caused or resulting from any such claimed reliance."

also justify everything you say in your review.
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

Thanks for the replies so far guys.

lol @ Jug That may do the trick.

I can't really say much about what I am reviewing at this time as a search for the topic may bring prying eyes onto this forum and the word would get back to those concerned. If anyone has an idea then please keep it quiet for now, it's something I did post about in the past so it wouldn't be that hard to figure it out.

It's funny but we are in a court case situation with a very large supermarket chain which should be coming to a conclusion within the next two weeks and it'll be on the radio and in the papers too

As for the review, it is exact and there is photographic evidence to go along with all the detrimental facts. It's more a case of the opinions I will be expressing about the quality and if the product is worth the paying price in my opinion, you know the sort of thing.
Everything mentioned has a reason for example something fell off the product after it's outer coating had also peeled off and I have said stuff like " this would not be acceptable on an item that is inexpensive let alone something costing thousands"

I have also mentioned items that are on the product and said how cheap they looked and I would not buy those again as an option and I would advise others not to either.

Surely I have the right to do this as any product available to buy is open to criticism or praise and if the suplier has an issue with it then they need to improve the product. People deserve to know what they are getting for their money and where they could also save some money due to parts not being worthwhile.
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

its the internet, and if he's inviting buyers of said product ( ) to post true and fair reviews/comments on his website/forum, then you should be able to do just that.

I think maybe what has previously happened is some chavvey gett that hasn't actually got one decided to write some nasty comments, and the producer of said product decided to take them to the cleaners.

as long as its justified, and you've got some kind of std forum type disclaimer than you have nothing to worry about.
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

It's not really the case as far as a chav is concerned, I know the guy in question and he is a well respected figure in the film industry, in fact he was involved in the making of ET himself and Kangaroo Jack, and tons more. It was him who was first slagged off by this firm in question and he then made a truthful comment about the firms product from first hand experience and the firm in question got all shirty and tried to sue for loss of earnings, which could never have been proven anyway and they dropped the whole thing when my associate got his own solicitor involved.

Being invited to post reviews of the products has NEVER been encouraged, in fact if anyone has spoken out in the past it is always met with total denial and something like amazement that you don't like something and it's always turned around so you are in the wrong and not him. He has such a strangle hold on the community as he's the front runner of the only club in the country and others are scared to speak out
in fear of being forced out and unwelcome. He's a bully in other words and I ain't bothered by him, I just want to cover my back legaly before I publish the site
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

I spoke to my solicitor this morning and this is basically how it goes

Quote Originally Posted by Solicitor
as it's electronic text and not
printed you can more or less say what you like, if you also state that
this is 'in my opinion' rather than stating it as fact then he doesn't have
a leg to stand on - Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It's a simple but
very powerful difference when it comes to writing something like a report on a manufacturers products.
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Re: Any Legal Eagles that could assist me ?

Well there you go!


You can be as honest as you like!
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