Calif. High Court Case Will Affect Internet Free Speech

Law360, New York (November 18, 2016, 8:26 AM EST) -- David W. Evans

Renata L. Hoddinott The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a case that may have significant ramifications for online review posting on Yelp.com and other similar platforms. The court will be deciding whether internet sites can be ordered to remove defamatory posts without first being put on notice and given an opportunity to be heard.

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