After leaving a lawyer a 1-star review, a woman was threatened to be sued for defamation, leading her and her family to ensure months of distress.
In a post on Reddit’s Petty Revenge, OP went to the forum to tell of how a lawyer had scammed him, she left a negative review which the lawyer was not happy about. Believing that the study was untrue, the lawyer threatened to sue but soon revealed that this backfired.
Annoyed at the lawyer’s comments on his review, the original poster (OP) left further comments detailing how she and her family had been scammed. Eventually, she had to take the lawyer to court.
The 1-star review gained traction, with hundreds of people across the country leaving the lawyer their 1-star reviews. The OP now believes the lawyer is a ‘ laughing stock,’ which she is pleased about.
Reddit fans agreed with one person saying, “LMAOO YES THIS. THATS SUCH PETTY REVENGE” It was clear that people did view the revenge as petty, but many empathized with the OP’s motives.
Another person was delighted, saying, “PRAISE THIS PETTINESS” One person commented on the risk the lawyer was taking when they said, “If OP wins their case against this character, I suspect that the threat over the review will become the least of their regulatory concerns.”
One reader noted that this “Sounds like a Streisand effect.” The Streisand effect is the phenomenon of trying to prevent something from happening. Still, the act of doing so has the opposite effect. For example, when celebrities try to close down photos online only for the media to get hold of the story and make it more well-known than it would have if it were left alone.
Instantly, people leaped to the comments sections begging for an update, with one person saying, “If you win PLEASEEEE GO BACK AND LEAVE ANOTHER REVIEW. 1 star couldn’t even defend himself in court. Do not trust them to help you.” Other people pointed out that “A lawyer who represents themselves in court doesn’t even deserve 1 star.”
The OP apparently got so much support as many others spoke of their experience of being scammed by lawyers, with one commentator saying, “Did the same for a lawyer who ghosted me, took my money and never answered phone or texts. 1star review, she didn’t even get back to me with a court date. I had to call opposing counsel for that information. I found out later she was disbarred for misconduct. Go, girl!!.”
Some readers were concerned that the lawyer had got away with his scam. Still, the OP left an update to explain that she had filed an official grievance and reported him to the bar for his actions. However, he explained that she did not get the money back she was scammed out of, so they are still taking the matter to court again.
While it is unclear exactly what the scam was, the OP says that her lawyer friends agree with her in taking the scamming lawyer to court, indicating the OP may be correct. That said, this is just one side of the story, and we would love to hear the lawyer’s side of things and the case’s outcome.