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Cal Appeals Court Upholds Yelp Review Removal Order

Yelp Loses Challenge to Removal Order In a major victory for defamation plaintiffs, a Calfornia Court of Appeal has upheld an order requiring Yelp to remove defamatory reviews.  Dawn Hassell and the Hassell Law Group (“Hassell”) obtained a judgment holding defendant Ava Bird liable for defamation and requiring her to remove defamatory reviews she posted about Hassell on Yelp.…

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Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet Australian Dr. Janice Duffy, was unhappy with the services of psychics offered by the website Kasamba and expressed her dissatisfaction through posts under various alias on RipOffReport.com (“ROR”).  The psychics responded in kind, with ROR posts accusing Duffy of stalking and harassing psychics. Duffy…

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Cyber Report: A Dozen Things You Need to Know (Patriot’s Day Edition)

April 20, 2015 A Dozen Things in Tech You Need to Know  Happy Patriot’s Day! Patriot’s Day commemorates that Battle of Lexington and Concord and the “shot heard ’round the world” that began the American Revolution.  It is a holiday in Maine and Massachachusetts and celebrated by, among other things, the running of the Boston…

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RipOffReport Files Civil Rights Action Against Sac County Prosecutor in Desperate Move

RipOffReport Files Civil Rights Action Against Sac County Prosecutor Desperate Move to Prevent Indictment of Founder Ed Magedson RipOffReport.com, the infamous smear site that has been called “mechanized defamation” and compared to “social waterboarding,” has filed a civil rights action against an Iowa county prosecutor in what appears to be a desperate attempt to prevent the indictment…

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Ninth Circuit: Yelp Practices Not Quite Extortion

Ninth Circuit: Yelp’s Practices Not Quite Extortion Yelp has emerged as one of the leaders among review sites, with 120 million monthly users (including 53 million mobile visitors) in 26 countries it moved into profitability last quarter. Throughout, Yelp has had it critics from the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern who famously called Yelp* a “tremendous forum for a…