- Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

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.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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