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Online 'HockeyMom' Critic Was Really a Rival Orthodontist, Lawsuit Alleges

Dentist Douglas Wolff, with offices in Stillwater and Fridley, claims orthodontist Bryan Brettin of Hudson anonymously posted defamatory reviews on Yahoo.com and Google.com, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

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One local dentist has filed a lawsuit against another, claiming he anonymously posted defamatory online reviews, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 

One post by "HockeyMom" at Yahoo.com said Douglas Wolff at Northern Orthodontics "maybe took one weekend course in braces."

Northern Orthodontics has offices in Stillwater and Fridley. The company's website identifies Wolff as a "general dentist practicing orthodontics exclusively" (as well as a Stillwater native). 

Wolff's suit charges Hudson resident Bryan Brettin—whose own practice includes Sletten and Brettin orthodontics offices in Hudson and Stillwater—used a neighbor's wifi to post negative reviews about Wolff, posing as an unsatisfied customer. 

"The posting says this guy is not an orthodontist. That's a true statement," Brettin's attorney told the Pioneer Press.

A trial is set for March 17, the newspaper reported. 

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sam December 06, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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