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Q: I signed a non disparagement agreeement with a plastic surgeon. Can I write truthful reviews without giving my opinion?

To get a discount on a mini-facelift, I had to sign a non-disparagement agreement. There was no positive outcome from my facelift. Can I write honestly about the pre and post op? I will write what happened which will be negative but be truthful.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I wouldn't. A disparagement agreement is a restraint about making statements that are basically negative or derogatory in nature. It is a different legal standard than defamation, where truth could serve as a defense against an allegation of slander or libel. It's a safe bet that the agreement essentially prohibits statements that are negative, period, without regard to whether they are actual and truthful. Good luck

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