Friday, June 23, 2017

Business Owners Seek Revenge for Fake Negative Reviews on Yelp Extortion Web Page by Filing Slander-Defamation Lawsuits Against the Bogus Yelper Posters.


'YELPERS BEWARE'...Business Owners Seek Revenge for Fake Negative Reviews on Yelp Extortion Web Page by Filing Slander-Defamation Lawsuits Against the Bogus Yelper Posters. A Virginia court has ruled that the identities of seven anonymous reviewers who criticized a local carpet cleaning business must be revealed. In a decision that will strike fear in the hearts of all anonymous online trolls, an Alexandria judge ruled that Yelp must comply with the demand of Joe Hadeed's attorneys and hand over the names of the reviewers. Alexandria-based Hadeed Carpet Cleaning was the subject of several negative reviews on the site by anonymous authors - who Hadeed claims were not real customers of his business (THIS HAPPENS ALL TIME ON YELP). The case began in 2012 when several negative reviews were left on Hadeed Carpet's Yelp page, some claiming the company swindled customers, overcharging hundreds of dollars above the quoted price, while others said their carpets ended up looking worse than before they were cleaned. Yelp's Terms of Service requires that reviewers must have been a customer of a business to leave a review. Yelp does not require users to register with their full name or address, but does record the IP address of each review posted, big deal, phony Yelp scam.
SAN FRANCISCO — Yelp.com is warning that a California lawsuit targeting critical posts about a law firm could lead to the removal of negative reviews. Lawyer Dawn Hassell said the business review website is exaggerating the stakes of her legal effort, which aims only to remove from Yelp lies, not just negative statements, that damaged the reputation of her law firm. A San Francisco judge determined the YELP posts were defamatory and ordered the company to remove them two years ago, which a second judge and a state appeals court upheld. Yelp is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the order. The high court faces an Oct. 14 deadline to decide whether to hear the case or let the lower-court ruling stand.

How businesses are seeking revenge against negative Yelp reviews with lawsuits. Yelp reviews can quickly backfire for companies or professionals who become the target of negative online reviews, and a New York dentist is fighting back. Nima Dayani has sued five patients for their negative internet postings since 2012. He has accused them of defaming him and hurting his future business by posting negative reviews. He’s asking for damages ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. The only defense for business owners or professionals who feel they have been the target of false and damaging allegations on Yelp, Facebook, Angie’s List or other social media sites is to go to court and present their evidence to a judge. 
SCAM ALERT: Fake Negative Reviews on YELP Hurt Local Business's as YELP Ignores Requests For HELP But Takes Down Fake Negative Stuff for a Price YELP is a Scam. Beware of Yelp! suppressing good reviews and depriving businesses from positive reviews being shown to the general public. The motive behind this practice appears to be financial for YELP. It's a disservice to the both the business who are victims of Yelp's practice and to consumers seeking honest real reviews from members of the public. EAST BAY EXPRESS: The phone calls came almost daily. It started to get creepy. "Hi, this is Mike from Yelp," the voice would say. "You've had three hundred visitors to your site this month. You've had a really good response. But you have a few bad ones at the top, which Yelp put there. I could do something about those." This wasn't your average sales pitch. At least, not the kind that John, an East Bay restaurateur, was used to. He was familiar with Yelp.com, the popular San Francisco-based web site in which any person can write a review about nearly any business. John's restaurant has more than one hundred reviews, and averages a healthy 3.5-star rating. But when John asked Mike from Yelp what he could do about the fake bad reviews, he recalls the Yelp sales rep responding: "We can move them. Well, for $299 a month." John couldn't believe what the Yelp guy was offering. It seemed wrong, it is it's called extortion, see more at http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/yelp-and-the-business-of-extortion-20/Content?oid=1176635


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