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Yelp review could cost woman $750K

Online Review Could Cost Woman $750,000

A Virginia woman could be forced to pay $750,000 for leaving a bad online review.

Jane Perez claims Christopher Dietz's home renovation business botched a project she hired it for, charged her for unnecessary services and accused workers of stealing jewelry from her home.

She warned others in her reviews on Yelp and Angie's List not to hire a, quote, "nightmare of a contractor." Dietz says her one-star reviews cost him $300,000 in business, plus personal embarrassment.

Dietz's attorney told reporters, "The case isn't about being bad-mouthed, and the law doesn't let you say anything. The point here is to address the statements where Ms. Perez lied."

He's now seeking $750,000 in damages. Perez's is reportedly counter suing Dietz for his response of her review, that called her a liar.

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crusader626 January 30 2014 at 5:42 AM

He's now seeking $750,000 in damages. Perez's is reportedly counter suing Dietz for his response of her review, that called her a liar. .... but didn't get yet, maybe the lady will win and prove it. Companies will try anything, This is just another way they try to get away with things. Go after these died beats i say. This artical isn't titled right. theres millions out there being ripped off by clowns and they get away with it.

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rickcarufel January 30 2014 at 5:31 AM

The very concept of online reviews is flawed from the start. It assumes a level of integrity and honesty from the reviewers that simply doesn't exist. Add to that the anonymity afforded by aliases and you have a whole sub-culture of bottom-feeders trolling the internet looking for easy targets to attack.

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EJ January 30 2014 at 5:03 AM

You should have to prove what you say. You can hurt people with what you say. It is very wrong to those people if you don't "like" them for maybe some reason for that has nothing to do with how they performed for the service. Never anynomous! The person has no way to defend themselves. This is just wrong! EVERYONE should be able to defend themself against frivolous accusations. EJ Smith

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MikeH22020 January 31 2014 at 9:29 AM

I understand your point, but setting this specific review aside, how do you "prove" an opinion?

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patriot1too January 30 2014 at 3:55 AM

She needs to be awarded 1 million dollars and be allowed to say what she wants to say truthfully. Big brother and political correctness are destroying America.

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laserjox January 30 2014 at 6:55 AM

this guy deserves not to have his business ruined overnight on a lie has nothing to do with government or political correctness

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Storm January 30 2014 at 3:47 AM

If she didnt file a police report about the "thefts" or get bids on how much it was going to cost to reapair what this compnay did she is in big trouble. Just because you are unhappy you cannot make stuff up and put it on the web. Sounds like she got on yrlp and ran her mouth with no proof of what she is claiming, Freedom of soeach doesnt mean you are free to lie and if this company has proof that they lost that much in business because of her posts she is screwed. By the time the courts get done with her she won;t have a pot to pee in. We had a neighbor that pulled something like this and the company won, put a lien on the mans home and forced him to sell it to pay off that lien. Better get an attorney and sue if you are going to make theft accusatuions againat a company and make sure you have witnessses or proof of some kind.

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mdog00 January 30 2014 at 3:21 AM

contractor is probably just as she described

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offtoshow January 30 2014 at 3:09 AM

mrs perez has 42 pictures that are listed as evidence with the courts
she has a police report that shows she reported her jewelry missing

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x69xx69 January 30 2014 at 2:27 AM

yelp ....a soapbox that panders to the common idiot

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Clipperwiz January 30 2014 at 2:05 AM

My sister had a dog grooming business and one woman on Yelp said she witnessed my sister outside beating a dog. WHAT. My sister simply would not do that. The woman was outright lying. For what reason we don't know. I guess it did not impact her business much and she has now retired--this happened several years ago. I think Yelp approached her about paying them to remove the review and she refused. I have no use for Yelp as anyone can give anyone a bad review with no basis in fact,. That is wrong.

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chuck January 30 2014 at 2:03 AM

yeah right, try to collect jerks

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