Gynecologist Suing Patient For $1 MILLION For Negative Yelp Review | What’s Trending Now!


A Manhattan woman is being sued for
$1,000,000 after she posted a negative Yelp review of a business. Welcome back
to What’s Trending, I’m Shira Lazar. Michelle Levine visited gynecologist Dr.
Joon Song for an annual checkup, but she was unexpectedly given an ultrasound and
her insurance was billed for over $1,700. The insurance didn’t cover all of it and
she was also sent a bill for nearly $500. Pretty typical, not surprised by any of
this to be honest. As a Canadian we like to say that’s what you get for health
insurance in America. She says she was billed for a pelvic exam which was not
administered, and when she called to complain his staff was aggressive. This
was all super outrageous to her, so she wrote several negative reviews. The long
and negative review said “very poor and crooked business practice.” It was posted
on sites like Yelp, ZocDoc and Health Grades. And I gave him one star on
Facebook, which they also put in their complaint. And not too long after she was
hit with a defamation lawsuit of $1,000,000. God. Makes you question
giving Yelp reviews in the future. Like imagine I sued everyone who wrote a bad
YouTube comment. I could be making a lot of money. Trolls!
Watch out. Dr. Song, as a fellow person in the public eye, I would just say you just got to
ignore the haters. But back to the story, Levine removed her negative reviews, but
Dr. song is still pushing forward with the lawsuits. He means business! One of
the main points of disagreement between Levine and Song is the ultrasound.
Levine’s insurance doesn’t cover ultrasounds as part of an annual checkup,
and she didn’t understand why she was getting one in the first place. But a
message from Dr. song’s office says: “We do evaluations with a sonogram for all
initial visits.” Muddying the waters even more is a comment from Dr. Song’s office
saying that Levine got an ultrasound because she was complaining about cramps.
Levine says she’s already spent $20,000 in legal fees defending herself and
thinks she’ll have to spend much more money before the ordeal is over. That’s
why you just got to settle these things because you end up spending so much money for no reason.
What? You think you’re gonna get a ton of money? I don’t even know. I just like… this
is such a waste of time. Life is short! Why are you spending your life trying to sue
people? And then defending yourself also? The whole thing’s stupid, but I’m sorry
Ms. Levine that you’re in this situation. And now Levine has established a GoFundMe
page hoping to raise $80,000 for her legal defense. She says if she’s
victorious and the court awards her any money, she will donate up to 20%
after taxes to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Medical
Woman’s Association. The thing is, she doesn’t need to defend herself because
like obviously she’s not gonna pay this doctor $1,000,000. This whole
thing is so stupid. I would literally go to this doctor being like I don’t know why
this triggered you, but you should really get some like therapy or work on your
life. Just do better at your job and stop focusing on the people giving you bad
Yelp reviews. You doing all this is making me question if I should go to you
as a patient now, like why would you even want to go to someone as a patient who’s
trying to sue another patient? Wouldn’t that be like a red flag? Okay, let’s
continue. Levine has posted a new Yelp review on Dr. Song’s page now arguing
that she did nothing wrong and that the office is spreading lies about her
online. So where does the law side on all of this? This is where Yelp actually
chimed in. For once! I mean, you usually don’t hear from Yelp. They just like let you battle
it out in the comments, but here they are. In a statement, Yelp wrote: Several states…
have enacted strong anti-SLAPP laws that protect consumers from lawsuits intended
solely to silence them for honestly speaking out about their experiences.
Unfortunately, New York residents like Miss Levine don’t currently have the
protection of such strong legislation.” SLAPP stands for a Strategic Lawsuit
Against Public Participation and it refers to a lawsuit where the intent is
to silence someone who’s speaking out on a matter of public interest. But New York
has leaner anti-SLAPP laws than other states, giving Dr. Song a leg up on his
lawsuit. Near the bottom of her initial Yelp review, Levine wrote: “I suspect that
this doctor gives unnecessary procedures to a lot of people and charges the
insurance sky-high prices and no one knows the difference.” This, Dr. Song’s lawyers claim, is a slanderous statement without
any evidence. Though it might all hinge on the phrase, “I suspect” which is an
opinion, not a fact. Like I could say, “I suspect Mike Pence gets his kicks
stuffing ferrets into his pants.” That’s not slander. I mean, I don’t know it for a
fact. I just suspect it. CBS New York talked to some legal experts who said
you should avoid making broad conclusions or speculations in online
reviews. Don’t stick with your personal experience, don’t make broad
generalizations. And if you’re gonna make a factual assertion, be able to back it
up and prove that fact. So if you go to a restaurant and find a bunch of
fingernails in your food, you can write about that, but if it didn’t happen and
if you’re just writing it as a joke, you can get into trouble.
So watch out all you jokesters out there! Yelp is monitoring Dr. Song’s page,
though plenty of people are leaving reviews to drag down his rating to
one star. So what do you think? Is it reasonable to sue someone for a bad Yelp
review? Let us know in the comments below, and for more stories go to whatstrending.com.

15 Replies to “Gynecologist Suing Patient For $1 MILLION For Negative Yelp Review | What’s Trending Now!”

  1. The healthcare industry should not be run for profit. The American citizen gets robbed and the insurance companies are the healthcare mafia. The doctors are in on the cut. This is gangsterism. Abolish it. Medicare for all. Single payer healthcare now

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