Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
contracts, reviews

Companies:
yelp



Company Claims Submitting Negative Yelp Review Violates Contract

from the well,-don't-sign-such-contracts dept

Patty points us to a Reddit post where someone claims that after posting a negative Yelp review, the company being reviewed threatened the reviewer with legal action, claiming that the review violated a contract that the customer had signed. The business apparently is one that repairs damaged hard drives or recovers data off of them. The customer was clearly not satisfied. Where it gets strange though is that the company claims that the negative review violates the signed contract. As per standard Reddit practices, the details of the company are redacted, so it's a bit difficult to dig into the facts here. However, it seems likely that this threat is more about getting the person to back down than any realistic shot at legal action. One would hope the company would realize that if it actually took legal action, that information would spread far and wide across the internet, and would probably do significantly more harm than any single bad review on Yelp...

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2014 @ 11:47am

    Re: Re: Do NOT do business with Epic Data Recovery

    I am the latest victim of epic data recovery. My dell laptop, my wife's MacBook and my sony video camera. I met with him on January 9th and haven't been able to contact him since. No replies through email, his voicemail is full, and no answer at his physical address. I'm sure everyone here feels the same way when I say that it's not the monetary value but the irreplaceable photos and videos. The memories that have been stolen and all for what? I don't understand how yelp can have this kind of activity fly under the radar. I only used epic and have john a chance because of yelps credibility. Simply horrible, I have already started to take legal action in this situation , we just combine forces and take this guy down !

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