Yelp Must Disclose Reviewers' Identities, Va. Court Rules

Law360, Chicago (January 8, 2014, 6:21 PM EST) -- A Virginia appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision that Yelp Inc. must reveal the identities of several reviewers who bashed a carpet cleaning service on the website, rejecting Yelp's argument that their identities are shielded by the First Amendment.

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals panel found that a lower court had correctly followed a state law outlining a procedure for issuing subpoenas to unmask anonymous Internet users, and that the law properly balanced the reviewers' free speech rights with Hadeed Carpet Cleaning Inc.'s right...
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