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Falls Church Woman in Court Monday Over Negative Review on Yelp

A contractor is suing a Falls Church area woman for a negative review she posted about his contracting business.

The Washington Post Monday reports that a Falls Church area woman will be in court today defending herself over a negative review she posted on Yelp.
The Washington Post Monday reports that a Falls Church area woman will be in court today defending herself over a negative review she posted on Yelp.
The Washington Post Monday reports that a Falls Church area woman will be in court today defending herself over a negative review she posted on Yelp.

A D.C. contractor, Christopher Dietz, took the woman, Jane Perez, to court, claiming her one-star review of his contracting business made him lose $300,000 in business. He's seeking $750,000 in damages, according to the Post article. 

The legal action has been dragging through the courts for awhile now. In 2012, a Fairfax County judge granted Dietz a preliminary injunction that forced the woman, Perez, to remove parts of her reviews, but the injunction was later overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court. Perez was barred from accusing the contractor of stealing jewelry and causing more than $15,000 in damages to her home.

The trial begins the same month a Virginia court ruled Yelp had to reveal the identities of seven anonymous users, who posted critical reviews of local company, Hadeed Carpet Cleaners. Hadeed said reviewers weren’t actual customers and posted fake reviews.
April January 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Wow. I posted a bad review of an automobile service station in Falls Church for misrepresentation. I even notified the owner that I was posting it - he had every opportunity to make things right. My negative review was the second of two reviews I posted about this station. My first review, posted a year earlier, was positive. I am against false reviews, but consumers deserve the right to have information that helps them evaluate businesses they want to engage with.
Donna king February 01, 2014 at 06:27 AM
Yelp is no friend to small business because they filter reviews instead of showing all reviews. Then they try to get you to buy advertising at an exorbitant fee. Don't believe me check down bottom of business you will see all filtered reviews.
Michael Rekas February 01, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Donna is right, and more importantly it saddens me that we live in a world with a bunch of grown ups throwing temper tantrums and posting nasty crap about each other all over the damn internet. Half these a-holes would rather see you crash, burn, fail, and starve than see your business be a success. Yelp is the absolute worst of them all and what they are doing is extortion. Plain and simple.

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