STATUS: Court of Appeals Decision Revered.
Minnesota Supreme Court: Online Post Calling Doctor "a Real Tool" is Protected Speech
The decision reversed a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that would have let the doctor's lawsuit proceed to trial.
UPDATE ( 9/3/12)
STATUS: Minnesota Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether case should go to trial.
Minn. Sup.:Can You Tag Your Doctor a Tool Online
UPDATE (1/27/12)STATUS: Appeals court sends case back to trial.
Minn. App.: Duluth Doctor's Defamation Suit Sent to Jury
The Associated Press
>>Opinion: McKee v. Laurion
UPDATE ( 9/15/2011)
--Notice of Oral Argument
STATUS: Plaintiff stated on June 25, 2011, that he will appeal
Minn. Dist.: Duluth doctor appealing judge's decision to toss out defamation suit
Duluth News Tribune
A Duluth physician whose defamation suit against a former patient’s son was thrown out of district court said he has no choice but to file an appeal. Dr. David McKee, a neurologist with Northland Neurology and Myology, said he still is being targeted in online attacks related to the lawsuit he filed in June 2010 against Dennis Laurion. . . McKee said a sudden concentration of unfavorable critiques about him cropped up online shortly before Sixth District Judge Eric Hylden dismissed the suit. “It appears that Mr. Laurion made over 100 adverse postings on the Internet once he became aware that he was going to receive a favorable decision on the motion for summary judgment,” McKee said. “Appealing seems to me the only way to curb the activities of this malicious person.”
STATUS: Defendant's motion for summary judgment granted on April 28th, 2011
Minn. Dist.: Judge Tosses Suit Over Bad Review of Doctor
On Point News
A Minnesota judge has boosted free-speech protections for online commentary by finding a neurologist cannot sue a patient's son over criticisms of his bedside manner that allegedly damaged his professional reputation. Dennis Laurion posted comments on doctor rating websites in which he vented about how Dr. David McKee of Duluth, Minn., treated his father while performing a neurological examination on him. Kenneth Laurion, 83, was recovering from a stroke at a hospital.
--Decision: McKee v. Laurion