It’s not unusual to go online to read reviews about a business, but recent allegations made on rate-my-agent.com have landed one woman in court.
Victoria Realtor Nicholas Wise claims Jane Ellis made defamatory statements about him on rate-my-agent.com after she had hired him to sell her home.
Wise says the allegations are not true.
Vancouver Lawyer Paul Doroshenko says cases like this are common because people often feel anonymous behind the keyboard.
“The person who is subject of the review is certainly in a position to defend their character and courts are not reluctant to, you know, help people protect their character that is the law you cannot defame someone.”
He says publishing defaming comments is risky.
“Sometimes it’s fair comment, sometimes it’s not, but as soon as you publish it online you open yourself up, that, you know the issue usually for people when they’re going after these sort of attacks on their character that are published online. You know, the big problem often is identifying who posted those comments but that’s becoming less and less of an issue.”
In court documents, it says the Victoria Real Estate Board since advised that there was insufficient evidence on rate-my-agent.com by Ellis to show regulations were breached by Wise.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.