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    I have written an online review, and received a statement of claim for libel, what does that mean?
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    If you receive a statement of claim that means someone is suing you, and you are now required to defend yourself.  Don’t panic! You are not the first person to be sued for writing a negative online review. It is not uncommon today for people to go online and verify the reputation of a company prior to engaging that company’s services. In turn, companies that are negatively impacted by reviews have become increasingly aggressive in protecting themselves. Take for example, a Virginia woman in the United States who is being sued for $750,000 for allegedly writing a negative review of a construction company on Yelp.

     So the questions in your mind are probably: Can they really sue me? How much can they sue me for? and What are the next steps I should take?

    The answer to the first question is yes. They can and most likely are suing you for defamation or libel. Secondly, they can sue you for any financial losses they have suffered from the review, and general damages as well. So if that loss is $750,000 then they can sue for that much.  The important part is the third part: Defend yourself, because now that you are named on court documents, you have to file a statement of defence, or you will be vulnerable to a default judgement against you.   While a business may have suffered from your review, you are not necessarily liable for damages if you have a solid defence.  The strongest and most common defence is ‘truth’, but there are many possible defences.

    What should you do next?

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