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A dentist who sued Yelp and two reviewers for a negative post has herself been ordered to pay almost $81,000 under a California law that protects people's right to discuss matters of public interest.
It may make businesses think twice before starting lawsuits to remove negative reviews that are essentially truthful.
California's anti-SLAPP law says that a person who brings a suit that violates the law must pay the defendant's legal bills.
But what about those that are NOT truthful? This leaves business owners with no avenue to remove negative reviews left by competitors, etc.
Had that case been heard in the UK it would have run to millions in costs.