I own a Construction company in NJ. Someone went on Angies list and gave me a bad review. Bad reviews on Angies list are a death sentence.The problem is we didn't do the work. This customer has us confused with someone else. Angies list says our members have the right to say anything they want and refuse to ask this person to take it down. Angles list won't try to clear it up.They won't let me try to contact this person to clear It up. Is this slander/def of character?
An opinion is not defamation, which requires a false statement of fact. Perhaps A's List would be willing to contact the customer directly to tell them of the mistake.
Not much you can do. Opinion as stated is not slander, even the opinion that "you are a huge jackass" would not be slander. And you are bound by the rules of Angie's List if you go to Angie's List to offer up your business. Perhaps you should give Angie's List a negative review of your own, somewhere.
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I agree with the previous responses that it it not slander but I would ask Angie's List if they will show your response with the negative comment. If your response is posted clearly below the mistaken comment explaining they are mistakenly reviewing the wrong business, then I would think it would mitigate any harm, and it would likely automatically inform the poster of your response so that they might see their error. Not a legal approach but I hope it might help.
Depends on what they said about you. If they said that you were a fraud or crook, then it may be slander. Now as to what to do about it, that would probably entail reviewing the policies of Angies List and working with that company. If you know the name of the person who wrote the mistaken review, then you can also retain the services of a private investigator to track that person down. Once found, you or an attorney can communicate with that person to see if they would take the review down.
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