Google: he is ordered to pay 1,800 euros for a negative opinion

A 45-year-old man was sentenced last Thursday to pay 1,800 euros for having posted on Google two defamatory opinions against a notary in Amiens (Somme), last December.

A 40-year-old was sentenced on Thursday to pay 1,000 euros in damages to a notary he dealt with, and to pay 800 euros in legal costs, after posting two notices on Google at the end of 2021.

“A notary who does not deserve to be known”, “a notary scammer, a shame to have that in France”, notably posted, last December on Google, the man about the victim, reported Le Picard mail.

The Amiens quickly noted the negative opinions and its author, who signed with his real name. She decided to sue him for defamation.

Only Google can delete the review

The trial took place last Thursday, without the presence of the 45-year-old accused. His lawyer explained that his client had gone up against the notary because of a “project to transfer a commercial lease which involved a change of activities”.

Faced with the difficulties encountered, the forties judged that the notary was responsible.

The latter claimed 15,000 euros in damages because it believed that these opinions could “have significant consequences” in an “extremely competitive field”.

Especially since reviews are managed by Google and can only be deleted by the platform.

The man was finally sentenced to a suspended fine of 500 euros, 1,000 euros in damages and 800 euros in legal costs.

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