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Is this Slander?

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Minnesota

I recently purchased some chiropractic equipment on Ebay (like an idiot), got it home and realized it was nothing like the dscription. I tried to get my money back from the seller, but he was uncooperative. I informed him that I would give him another chance to give me my money back before I reported him to everyone I could think of (State board, better business bureau, his peers, etc.) I then recieved a phone call from his attorney stating that if I did that, that I could be subject to a slander suit. If I only make statements of fact that can be shown to be true, that can't be slander right? Even if it does cause him professional anguish within his community?!


Senior Member
You are allowed to make a complaint in good faith to appropriate administrative boards, so complaints to licensing, professional organizations, BBB should be no problem as long as it is factual and you have the evidence to back your claim. Now if you are going around to his peers intentionally harming his reputation as opposed to relating facts, that could cause a problem. I take it your received a cease and desist letter. Have you reported the problem to "EBAY"? Is this equipment is safe working order? Are you qualified to use this equipment?


Junior Member
I have not recieved a cease and desist letter, just the phone call from his lawyer. I haven't reported it to Ebay because I was looking at their buyer protection policy and they won't do anything since I picked it up in person. The equipment is not in safe working order, a patient would very likely get injured using it and yes, I am a licensed chiropractor


Junior Member
Since you personally picked up the equipment, why didn't you check it out before taking it? Sounds like the seller was in your area and perhaps you should have gone to look at it before paying. Had you had it shipped sight unseen you may have a case (if you were willing to go to the sellers locale to file small claims suit), but to me this is a case of buyer beware. Trying to blacken a colleagues name or reputation over poor decisions you made places you in jeopardy.


Senior Member
If you hear from the attorney again, tell him/her that they are free to file anything they want, just as you are free to leave your personal feelings as feedback.

Then tell this 'attorney' to kiss your ass.

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