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Doctor Fights Back Against Online Complaints

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2012

Soto's lawyer, Domingo Rivera, is familiar with these kinds of cases.

He filed a similar suit on behalf of a California doctor who apparently disputed comments made about her practice, according to Public Citizen. Once again, Public Citizen represented an anonymous critic of the physician, and legal action seeking details that could have led to the critic's identity was dismissed.

Those cases aren't likely to disappear anytime soon, and will continue—especially with the growing demand for plastic surgery. Vanity and pride issues compete for preeminence between patients and physicians.

If doctors plan to retaliate in court against patients, however, they must be careful to target the right ones. If the doctor in the "love handles" case loses, repercussions are likely. Public Citizen has already filed legal papers against the doctor because the physician's complaint is not "well grounded," and wants damages.

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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