Several years ago, I posted some comments about a company on an Internet forum. Some of the comments were critical, however they were fundamentally true and were an expression of my opinion. Like a lot of Australians, I thought I enjoyed the right to free speech. At the same time, an associate of this company was writing glowing reviews on the forum and criticising me at every opportunity. It was quite obvious, that an unhappy customer did not fit into this game plan. I eventually received a letter claiming that I had defamed the company. It was post marked with the same date as my mother's funeral. As I was somewhat vulnerable, at the time, I sought legal advice and was advised that a company can only claim defamation if it has fewer than 10 employees. I was also told that no solicitor would write a letter with a false claim as the consequences would be severe for both the solicitor and the company. In order to finalise the matter, and in view of my mental condition at the time, I agreed that I would apologise, delete all my posts and pay the company's legal costs. The apology was in the form of a letter that was not published. I was also forced to give a commitment that I would make no further comments. I came to loathe myself for this decision. I subsequently discovered that the company actually had many employees and had no right to sue for defamation. I complained about the solicitor to the Legal Services Commissioner and was told "only a court can determine how many employees a company has," and the complaint was dismissed. Interestingly, a little later, the same solicitor was struck off for misappropriating funds from a trust account. My question is, can I now take some action against the company to restore my right to comment about this matter, as I am planning to write extensively about this episode and the impact it has had on my life. Thank you for your time.