State Supreme Court to hear Yelp case on consumer reviewsJune 11, 2014
State Supreme Court to hear Yelp case on consumer reviews
Article from Washington Times:
The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the popular website Yelp, which was ordered earlier this year to turn over the names of seven reviewers who anonymously criticized a prominent local carpet-cleaning business.
The business review website is pitted against Virginia-based Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, whose owner sought to unmask anonymous commenters after suspecting that the negative reviews left on Yelp were not made by real customers.
Both an Alexandria judge and the Virginia Court of Appeals have sided with business owner Joe Hadeed, ruling that the comments were not protected First Amendment opinions if, in fact, the Yelp users were not customers and thus were making false claims.
The court granted the appeal on May 29, and the case is likely to go before justices in Richmond in September or October.