After reading Kyle's recent post about his lawsuit with MOBE it has got me worried about this kind of thing. I am currently doing a lot of reviews on low quality products similar to MOBE to promote WA.

Usually I don't call products a scam, I just say "in my opinion they're not worth joining.." but it still has me worried because when you have 100's of reviews and as they rank better and better those product creators will notice and get salty about it.

Ok so my main question is what if I do get sued and I don't have 1/2 a million dollars to defend and stand my ground? If I simply take down the review will that be the complete end of the whole lawsuit thing? Is there a possibility of getting prison time for this?

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keishalina Premium
Excellent question and the answer is: it varies and depends upon the jurisdiction to a large extent ... if you are truly concerned, then, of course, a consultation with an appropriate licensed practicing attorney in the area would be the way to go ...

If you are conducting your reviews based on 'fact' and have the substantiating evidence so to speak-- then you're likely on an ok path ...

Some really good guidance that was given by Charlie E. and paraphrased as follows:

a. provide a solid description of the product that you are reviewing;
b. what claims are being stated by the company selling the product;
c. make a list of the advantages & disadvantages of the product;
d. offer your recommendation as the reviewer -- your opinion
e. when describing the product -- recommends trying to refrain words like 'scam' or 'rip-off' or 'cheat' -- simply be fair to neutral>> " i don't recommend this ..... " or " i think your money may be better placed elsewhere ...

....and according to Charlie -- it is best to avoid the word 'scam' as apparently it suggests criminal intent on the part of the seller as a legal term of use...

... therefore, if you ever have any doubts, then, consult with a legal professional who understands this business and is knowledgeable with a good track record ....

Hope this helps to answer your question and hope it makes you feel a bit more comfortable continuing to move forward in your biz to success ... all the best, cheerio... 😊

p.s. by the way, littlemama here has recently provided superb video training on 'product reviews' -- if you get a chance, have a look at it for further guidance... :)
Kyle Premium Plus
It's not common to get sued for anything, in particular factual, truthful information. This can happen, but it is very infrequent. Companies don't typically sue based on truths and if you are offering your readers factual information, positive or negative, you will be fine.

There are positive and negative reviews within every industry, as there are good products, great products, mediocre products, and subpar products. Sometimes there are scams as well.

There is this word going around indicating "fake reviews" when in reality, they are truthful. Companies have the tendency to call something "fake" if they cannot refute the claims (ie, they don't like the truth).

That was the case with MOBE, they call all reviews about themselves that were negative "fake", but the reality is the reviews were truthful and very much an important voice to the general public to protect them from potentially losing lots of money.
ericcantu Premium Plus
It's not common to get threatened with a lawsuit. I've had one time where a platform reached out to me saying my post was incorrect in its facts and that if I didn't remove it they would sue for defamation and libel. In that case I reviewed my post, found the areas they had issue with, removed the post, and then published a new post with corrected info. I never heard from them again.

Always express that your posts are your personal opinion and be careful about calling a business model a "scam" just because you don't agree with it. As long as your posts are factual, you're good to go. :)
JKulk1 Premium
I'm not sure about other countries but in Australia you can't go to prison for being sued. As long as you don't call something a scam unless you're 100% sure you should be safe. Jim
VictorF22 Premium
I would personally try to find products that I can recommend people. There are more things that we can recommend vs things we can present as "No No".
I have always been a quiet person so I guess I'm biased to answer this question. I would just not mess up with anyone :)

Have a good one brother!