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Yelp and Angie’s List ruling provides guidance for online reviews: No false factual statements

Excerpt from Washington Post

Dec 07, 2012 6:24 am

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Hotel and restaurant owners may smell an opportunity here to attack false claims rather than complain about negative opinions.

— Jason Clampet

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A Fairfax County woman being sued for defamation over negative reviews she wrote on Yelp and Angie’s List must delete certain accusations and is barred from repeating them in new posts, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The preliminary injunction was hailed as a victory by a D.C. contractor, who took the woman to court claiming that her online reviews of the work he did on her home were false and cost him $300,000 in business. He is suing her for $750,000.

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