Weekly Snapshot Issue: 64 – 14 February 2020

Case we’re reading…

False defamatory reviews of businesses are really nothing new and several businesses have had to battle with the realities of having an online presence – in a recent case however; a reviewer posted a false negative review of a Barristers’ chambers… wrong move.

Gordon Cheng – the barrister in question has practised law in South Australia since the early 1990’s and has led a successful practice. In late 2018, he began 80% of his clients. He realised quickly that a false review in both English and Chinese was posted on the website Google my Business. After investigation – Mr. Cheng discovered that the reviewer had never been a client of the practice nor had he ever met him. Mr. Cheng issued a concerns notice and lodged a complaint with Google but the reviewer continued posting negative reviews under different names. Over the course of this sage –Mr. Cheng was forced to let go of a law clerk and an associate because he could no longer afford to pay them.

The case went up to the Supreme Court of Australia and Judge Bochner accepted that Mr. Cheng’s assessment of Cheng’s economic losses, including loss of goodwill and loss of future income to be $927,375.00 however ruled for the reviewer to pay $750,000 after considering the possibility that the barristers’ business may bounce back quicker than predicted. The reviewer was also ordered to pay the Barristers’ costs of the court action.

Ted Talk we’ve enjoyed…

It’s a sad reality that creativity is simply not as encouraged in modern society as productivity – and society privileges those who think cognitively rather than those who are brave enough to express themselves in a more creative way.

Watch this Ted Talk by digital anthropologist Rahaf Harfoush on ways to live more creatively.

Stoic life advice:

Concentrate every minute like a Roman – like a man – on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself with all other distractions.

Word of the week…

Apricity: the warmth of the sun in winter.

Origin: Latin

Masters of Success…