A Yelp Review Leads to A Lawsuit, Which Results in Defamation Judgement Against Reviewer

A contractor's client wrote a bad review on Yelp, Angie's List and several other sites. Whether the women's statements  was opinion or fact becomes the crux of the matter and the result was a lawsuit and the reviewer was found to have defamed the contractor. The lesson is to be careful of what you write when you review…

From ARS Technica 

In Yelp review lawsuit, defamation is all around—so everyone loses

Homeowner rants about contractor, contractor responds, and everything ends in court.

by  – Feb 2 2014, 3:00pm PST
A scathing Yelp review and accusatory reaction posts in the comments—Virginia homeowner Jane Perez and local contractor Chris Dietz were playing the online reputation game for keeps. Initially, Dietz's work led to Perez's review, which resulted in Dietz's lawsuit for defamation. And as Arspreviously reported, it was a complicated matter. In December 2012, a lower court ruled that Perez was required to edit her harsh comments on Yelp and Angie’s List against Dietz and his company, Dietz Development. But then Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a 21-page petition for review to the Supreme Court of Virginia later that month, and the highest state court overturned the injunction just two days later.

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