Lawsuit says NYC dentist seeks to muzzle patients

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2011 10:56 AM
Lawsuit says NYC dentist seeks to muzzle patients

A lawsuit says a New York City dentist who moonlights as a singer is trying to prevent patients from posting online reviews of her dental work.

The federal lawsuit was filed this week by former patient Robert Lee. It says Dr. Stacy Makhnevich forced him to sign an agreement not to criticize her online before she worked on his tooth.

But a post by Lee on the online review site Yelp alleged the dentist overbilled him by $4,000.

He said Makhnevich accused him of breaching the privacy agreement and billed him $100 a day for every day his negative posting remained online.

Makhnevich did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Lee's lawyer, Paul Levy, tells the Daily News ( that the privacy agreement violates patients' constitutional right to free speech.


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