This man is ordered to pay €1,800 for leaving a bad review on Google | News

A 40-year-old was sentenced on Thursday to pay 1,000 euros in damages to a notary he dealt with, and to pay 800 euros in legal costsafter posting two reviews on Google, at the end of 2021. “A notary who does not deserve to be known”, “notary scammer, a shame to have that in France”, notably posted, last December on Google, the man about the victim , reported Le Courrier Picard. But, imagine that the Amiens quickly noticed the negative opinions and its author, who signed with his real name. She decided to sue for defamation. Ouch, he should have abstained or at least been more discreet…

A comment with serious consequences

The trial took place last Thursday, without the presence of the 45-year-old accused. His lawyer explained that his client had gone up against the notary because of a “project to transfer a commercial lease which involved a change of activities”. Faced with the difficulties encountered, the forties judged that the notary was responsible. Indeed, the latter claimed 15,000 euros in damages because she believed that these opinions could “have significant repercussions” in an “extremely competitive field”. Especially since reviews are managed by Google and cannot be erased only by the platform. The man was eventually sentenced to 500 euro fine suspended sentence, 1,000 euros in damages and 800 euros in legal costs. He will think twice now before leaving a review on Google!

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