12.20.12

Business Cries Yelp with Defamation Lawsuit

Posted in Defamation of Character at 3:33 pm by kevin

A Washington D. C. home contractor didn’t like the review his company was given on Yelp by a former client so he has sued her for defamation of character. The $750,000 lawsuit is claiming the negative reviews have resulted in $300,000 in damages.

According to the Washington Post, “A D.C. home contractor filed the $750,000 lawsuit in November, claiming Fairfax resident Jane Perez’s posts on Yelp and Angie’s List were false and cost him $300,000 in business. Perez has stood by the posts.

“Christopher Dietz, the contractor, also sought a preliminary injunction to keep Perez from repeating the claims in new reviews. Perez accused Dietz of billing her for work he didn’t perform, trespassing on her property and implied he took jewelry from her home among other things.”

The ACLU and Public Citizen are taking the side of the accused citing free speech.