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Yelp Sued by Dentist for Bad Reviews


The New York Supreme Court denied an injunction request from a dentist receiving a bad review on yelp.com. The dentist brought an action against the operator of a website designed to allow the general public to write, post, and view reviews about businesses asserting claims for defamation and deceptive acts and practices. An anonymous consumer posted a negative review about the dentist's practice. The dentist moved for a preliminary injunction requiring the operator to remove all references to him and his practice, and this motion was denied. The operator moved to dismiss the claims against it, and this motion was granted.The court held the Federal Communications Decency Act barred the dentist's defamation claim, and the operator's alleged conduct did not amount to deceptive acts or practices, or false advertising. See: Reit v. Yelp!, Inc., 907 N.Y.S.2d 411, 2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 20362 (N.Y.Sup.  Sep 02, 2010).

 

 

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