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Virginia woman is sued for $750,000 after writing scathing Yelp review

Virginia woman is sued for $750,000 after writing scathing Yelp review

Jane Perez accused Dietz Development of damaging her home, stealing jewelry and trespassing after she hired the company to work on her house

Dietz Development owner Christopher Dietz says he lost $300,000 over because customers fled after the review

Judge preliminarily sided with Dietz and ordered Perez to remove some parts of her review

PUBLISHED: 02:34 EST, 6 December 2012 | UPDATED: 11:32 EST, 6 December 2012

Suing: Christopher Dietz says his construction business has lost $300,000 over the negative review on Yelp.

Better think twice before you slam a business with a bad review on Yelp - one Virginia woman is being sued for it.

Jane Perez was slapped with a $750,000 lawsuit by Dietz Development after she publicly logged complaints about construction work the building contractor performed on her home.

In her write-ups on the popular business review sites Yelp and Angie's List, Perez accused the company of damaging her house, trespassing and stealing jewelry.

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Hmmmm, I'm confused. This is

Hmmmm, I'm confused. This is a tough one.

Is she guilty of libel?
Or is her 1st amendment being violated?


those people can make up crap and get away with it, and destroy businesses. About time.

There are serial yelpers out there that just screw with businesses


Not good.

Free speech aside (libel aside too), in a free market (which I hope you support the idea of), one of the most powerful tools that can be used to stop a business from taking advantage of consumers is the ability to tell other people how badly the company has screwed you.

I mean, should Pepsi be able to sue someone for saying they found glass shards or a syringe in their soda?

What's next, Yelpers Chef Gordon Ramsay drags into a restaurant to tell the owner that their food sucks go to court to pay for Fox's renovations to the places?

No, get fucking real dude. I have a right to tell my friends, my family, the dog, and anyone else on the internet if someone I've hired to do work in my home has stolen my shit. Especially if the contractor isn't licensed in my state and I have police reports filed for the thefts. Why on earth are you jumping so hard to the conclusion that she's the liar?

i'm very curious what your

i'm very curious what your ideas of liberty, free speech and property rights are. because to me, this whole case screams absolute lunacy.


Is it Amendment One? Or Is it Libel?

wikipedia the first amendment

There's a whole section in there about the cases where the precedent was set for each. at first blush, I'm surprised the court sided with the company. Normally, it is only slander if you know you are lying or grossly negligent in checking your facts before you tell your story.

however the rules change (slightly) if you have intentional malice, which you could certainly convince a jury she was hoping it would have a negative impact on their business. But still, if she wasn't lying, it'd be hard to convict her.

there's almost certainly more to this story, there's no such thing as a news story without media slant and intentionally overlooked details.

She's Libel to get sued..