Bad Yelp Review Results in Lawsuit for Virginia Woman

Bad Yelp Review Results in Lawsuit for Virginia Woman

Bad Yelp Review Results in Lawsuit for Virginia Woman

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by ABCNews.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 4:54 PM

(ABC News) -- For Jane Perez, the cost of posting a negative online review of her contractor could be very steep. It might also be costly for the contractor.

Perez, a Fairfax, Va., resident, is being sued for $750,000 in defamation charges by the contractor, Christopher Dietz, after posting negative reviews of his company's work on her house on the popular online review sites Yelp and Angie's List.

Unhappy with the work Dietz's company, Dietz Development LLC, did on her house, Perez took her anger to the web, alleging that the company had done damage to her home and that jewelry had disappeared, according to the Washington Post. On Wednesday, a judge in Fairfax County Virginia ruled in a preliminary injunction that certain accusations be deleted—and as of Thursday Perez's comments are no longer viewable on the Yelp page for Dietz Development.

Requests for comment from ABC News to Dietz and to Perez's lawyer, James Bacon, were not immediately returned.

Dietz isn't the first business owner to take legal action against a customer's online review. In 2010 a Chicago plastic surgeon sued three former female patients after they alleged that he had botched their breast surgeries.

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