Ore. dentist sues patient for $300,000 for bad online review

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. - A Lake Oswego dentist is suing a former patient because the patient posted negative reviews about him online.

Dr. Mo Saleh wants $300,000, saying his patient, Spencer Bailey, harmed his reputation. But Bailey said he shouldn't pay the price for telling the truth.

Bailey now has a lawyer and an expensive court battle ahead of him after his fallout with Saleh, who works at Optima Dental in Lake Oswego.

Bailey suspected he was getting questionable care.

"I had never had a cavity before I set foot in his office," he said. "He told me the day that I saw him that I had 10 or so cavities, which threw me for a loop - I was nervous that I had some other health problem."

Bailey posted a negative review on the website Yelp. He said three weeks later Saleh demanded Bailey take down the posting or be sued. Bailey said he removed it immediately.

"In hindsight it didn't matter because even though I took down the opinion online I'm still right here," he said.

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