This week, a Virginia judge ordered a Yelp user to change a negative review.
Jane Perez was sued by Dietz Development, a building contractor, who claims to have lost business because of her negative postings on sites like Yelp and Angie’s List. He sued for $750,000, and claimed that he lost $300,000 because of her words. (News source)
SUPREME COURT HERE WE COME
I would not be surprised if this case makes it’s way to the US Supreme Court. On one side is the Yelp reviewer and the 1st Amendment. On the other is Deitz Development claiming the review was essentailly libel and cause the business to potentialy close or force them to hire a bankruptcy attorney and file for Chapter 13 so some other reoraganization.
This could have huge remifications