Companies Suing Over Bad Yelp Reviews Could Be Banned
By Nadia Noir
Did Sally S. slam your chicken shack on Yelp? Well, lots of small businesses try to sue for bad Yelp Reviews, but according to a new proposal, suing over someone’s public (and possibly slanderous) opinion of you might be banned.
According to the LA Weekly, a Los Angeles-based Assembly Speaker, John A. Perez, will make it against the law to sue customers “for making any statement regarding the consumer’s experience.”
So, irate Yelpers have the right to free speech and businesses can’t retaliate unless you “knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently waived his or her right to do so.”
A spokesperson for Perez, John Vigna, explained further:
Businesses that try to sue could face fines up to $10,000, depending on the violation.
The whole thing is confusing, but we’re thinking this basically means companies should step off and let people feel all their feels and think all their thinks.