Russian attorney’s lawsuits against ex-client over negative reviews dismissed
MOSCOW, April 19 (RAPSI) – The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow has dismissed lawsuits filed by attorney Vladislav Kocherin against his former client over negative reviews published online, according to court records.
The plaintiff has withdrawn two of 40 filed lawsuits, other claims have been dismissed by court or proceedings have been quashed.
The first 19 lawsuits lodged by the attorney were related to the reviews of his work published on spr.ru website by his former client Yevgeny Samusenko. Later, the attorney filed 21 lawsuits more, seeking 1 million rubles ($14,800) from the review author and a website each.
According to information of the “Internet and Justice” law firm representing spr.ru, to each lawsuit Kocherin added a medical note on the suffering caused by reading each negative comment about himself. Sought damage was estimated based on value of apartment of his former client.
Also, the attorney accused his former client of defamation, but these claims were dismissed as well. In several cases Kocherin specified a particular review published on one website; “a commission of experts” on his request examine another website while the official review deals with another website altogether. One of the lawsuits had a medical note published a month before negative review.
In April 2017, Kocherin went into another litigation with Samusenko. Back then the defendant was found guilty of defamation and had to pay 30,000 rubles ($445) instead of 10 million ($148,500) asked by the attorney .
Earlier, another client recovered 150,000 rubles ($2,300) from the attorney.