EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court was correct to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by the owner of a wedding venue that received a negative review online.
The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/LCmrNi ) that on Thursday the high court ruled that an online reviewer’s critical remarks about the Cheshire-area venue Dancing Deer Mountain are protected free speech.
Dancing Deer owner Carol Neumann filed a defamation lawsuit against critic Christopher Liles in 2011 after he posted on Google Reviews saying the venue was a “disaster” and accusing Neumann of being “crooked” and “rude.”
A Lane County judge dismissed the initial lawsuit. The state appellate court in 2014 sided with Neumann, but the Supreme Court has ruled Liles’ review is protected under the First Amendment.
Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com
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