The case involved a post to on online review site. The post went well beyond protected opinion and into the realm of untrue material facts. The poster further failed to disclose, and kept as a secret from the readers of the post, important facts that would have placed the target of the review in a more favorable light. The post effectively accused the target of the review of illegal acts and impugned the target’s standing in his/her trade/profession. Both representing Defamation per se. Defamation cases are not often easy cases to win, because so much of the public’s discourse is protected speech under the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.