Yelp Extorts Via Pay-For-Stars Policy, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, San Francisco (July 11, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT) -- Business owners who say their positive reviews vanished after they refused to pay fees to Yelp! Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive the case, arguing that the Communications Decency Act doesn't shield the reviews site from practicing the purported “extortion.”

The California federal court was wrong to dismiss the case on the grounds that the CDA shields online content providers from liability for users' content, because Yelp is manipulating user-penned reviews and contributing its own, argued the plaintiffs' attorney, Lawrence Murray with Murray...
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