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Constitutional Law

Harsh Yelp Review Leads to $1,000 Damage Award But Biggest Harm is to Free Speech Rights

Emily Fanelli hired a company called Mr. Sandless to refinish the floors in her Staten Island home for a fee of $695. Fanelli wasn’t happy with the finished product, or the “corrective actions” the company took after she complained. So she did what many other disgruntled consumers have done before – she complained online. She […]

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Intellectual Property Restaurant and Hospitality Law

Fake Five-Star Reviews on Yelp Lead to Six-Figure Fines

As I was reading this story in the NY Times on the subway, a young man next to me who was reading over my shoulder, said “Wow – if you can’t trust Yelp who can you trust?” Many young (and not so young) adults use Yelp, Citysearch, Yahoo and Google to help them decide where […]