What are your thoughts on this lawsuit?
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- Well, Slander, Defamation, Libel are all crimes if you say them in public, and Yelp, Twitter and such are all public spaces so I dont see why the law should be any differentDec 8, 2012
- Angie's List.Dec 8, 2012
- It's a very blurry line. Negative criticism is defamation, true or not. Say though that this person truly believes what she claims (which happens often despite all evidence) - should she be punished by law for voicing such an outrageous opinion? Furthermore, can a business really be brought down by one yelp review? I have my doubts.
Don't get me wrong though, I love it when Anonymous administers their own punishment on internet bullies. People like that do deserve some sort of punishment, but not through court. Suing those with negative criticisms opens up dozens of others to litigious abuse. The last thing I would want to see Donald Trump suing someone for claiming that he tried to bulldoze their farm.
PS. Does anyone have the link to the original yelp review?Dec 8, 2012
- That's assuming the review is true. Again, the main issue in this case is that the woman accused a building contractor of theft. If that's an untrue statement, it is actionable. Additionally, a statement like that in a public, review forum can seriously damage a business, especially in a smaller market.
A lot of the reviews on Yelp are just fine, honest, etc. Some of them are absolute bullshit.Dec 9, 2012
- Rediculous.Dec 9, 2012
- Justice well servedDec 9, 2012