I run a review site, except on this particular site I actually TRY the products and give my honest opinion about them based on my expertise in the niche, having worked in that industry for a long time.
I reviewed one guy's product and in addition to listing the features, also recommended my visitors to steer clear of it and I called into question the competence of its creator.
Long story short, the guy reached out to me and told me to remove it. I removed my affiliate link and told him that I owe it to my visitors to give them an objective look at what they're paying for (especially since 99% of "review" sites don't do any reviewing whatsoever) and that the review stays where it is. In his next email he threatens me with legal action.
This guy's in Australia and I'm in the US. Does he have any legal recourse against me for my stating the opinion that he's essentially incompetent (as demonstrated in his product) and that his product is not worth purchasing on its own merits either?
I don't mind removing in the face of real legal trouble but I'd rather not if it helps my visitors make a good choice of how to spend their money in a niche that I believe is oversaturated with pure charlatans.
FYI: I actually had the affiliate link up on ALL of the products before I reviewed them because I was going to make a "here are the facts, you decide" type of site. But I decided in my disgust at the quality of several products to voice my actual opinion and removed aff links on all the products that I couldn't recommend.
I'm eternally grateful for any advice you can offer.