Yelp and other websites that rely on user reviews and ratings have been a flash point for many recent lawsuits. Businesses have sued other businesses and consumers for allegedly defamatory online reviews. Businesses have also accused Yelp and similar websites of extortive business practices by, for example, removing positive reviews if businesses refuse to advertise with the online review company.
In order to preserve consumer trust and demonstrate integrity, companies that publish business reviews have filed suit against companies that allegedly create fake user reviews to boost ratings. Last month, Yelp filed suit against BuyOnlineReviews.net and BuyYelpReview.com in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Yesterday (July 23), Edmunds.com took similar action against the operator of GlowingReviews.com in Texas. For more information, visit http://www.labusinessjournal.com/news/2013/jul/23/edmundscom-takes-texas-firm-over-fake-reviews/
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