Bloomberg Law
Jan. 31, 2022, 3:30 PM

Lawyer Who Chided Ukrainians Loses Suit Over Negative Reviews

Bernie Pazanowski
Bernie Pazanowski

A Chicago lawyer can’t use the legal system to quell the online firestorm he started by making negative comments about Ukrainians on social media, after the Seventh Circuit said reactive professional reviews posted about him were opinion and not libel.

David Freydin’s need for a cleaning person was at the heart of the case. In 2017 he posted on Facebook: “Did Trump put Ukraine on the the travel ban list?! We just cannot find a cleaning lady!”

Freydin doubled down in response to initial criticism about the comment, suggesting that Ukrainians “look for underlying causes of why 9 out of ...

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