According to CBS News, a contractor in Virgina is suing one of his clients for posting negative reviews about his service on Internet review websites, Yelp and Angie’s List.
Jane Perez hired contractor, Christopher Dietz, to do some work on her house in June 2011. She was unhappy with the outcome, posting photos of trash left behind, strands of hair stuck in a refinished floor and beat up door hinges to Yelp and Angie’s List. She also accused Dietz of stealing jewelry from her house. She gave him an “F” rating on Angie’s List and accused him of causing more damage to her home on Yelp writing “bottom line, do not put yourself through this nightmare of a contractor.”
Dietz responded to the negative reviews then issued a $700,000 lawsuit for defamation. He insists that her claims are lies and that he did a “150% professional job in her house.”
On Wednesday, December 5, a judge ordered Perez to remove any allegations of theft and comments about legal action. The court is still deciding on whether there are grounds for a defamation lawsuit.
What do you think? Does this story make you want to think twice about leaving a negative review on Yelp?
Local Splash was ranked #74 on the Orange County Business Journal’s list of 154 fastest-growing companies in Orange County, CA. This year’s list, the largest to date, ranks privately-owned companies by revenue growth. Companies had to show at least 15% growth in revenue from June 2011-June 2012 compared to the same period two years ago (June 2009-June 2010) to qualify for the list.
“The companies on this year’s list all had to come through the recent recession and post impressive gains during a slow and sometimes spotty recovery,” wrote Jerry Sullivan of the Orange County Business Journal in the October 1-7 issue.
Local Splash is honored to be included on the list, surrounded by many other excellent Orange County companies.
“It’s an honor to be recognized on a list like this in our local community,” said Local Splash CEO, Steve Yeich. “To be part of a fast-growing company is exciting for all of us because it means our hard work is paying off and we are providing a beneficial service to our clients.”