Yelp Must Pay Law Firm's Fees In Fake-Review Case

By Beth Winegarner (November 25, 2013, 5:04 PM EST) -- A California state judge on Monday ordered Yelp Inc. to pay legal fees in its contract case accusing San Diego-based McMillan Law Group of improperly giving itself positive Yelp reviews, finding Yelp had wasted the defendants' time and money by refusing to transfer the case to San Diego sooner.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ordered Yelp to pay nearly $5,000 to the McMillan Law Group because the online review company didn't agree to move the case to McMillan's home turf until after the firm had spent time and money bringing the motion to transfer the case.

"They brought the...

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