Legality of Restaurant review section?

I want to start a new “Restaurant review” section and I am just wondering the legality of this?   I might say something bad about an eatery and can they take me to court for that?????


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  1. It’s 2009–anyone can take you to court over anything. However, keep in mind that slander and factual, constructive criticism are two different things. You are privileged with the first amendment right of free speech but those who you intend to ‘review’ are also protected under defamation laws.

    “In the United States, a comprehensive discussion of what is and is not libel or slander is difficult, because the definition differs between different states, and under federal law. Some states codify what constitutes slander and libel together into the same set of laws. Criminal libel is rare or nonexistent, depending on the state. Defenses to libel that can result in dismissal before trial include the statement being one of opinion rather than fact or being “fair comment and criticism”. Truth is always a defense.” (wikipedia)

    1. eddyskitchen says:

      Thanks for the expert advice!



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