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?
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Local Splash is excited to announce that we have been featured in this week’s Orange County Business Journal. Check out the article about the local companies that made the Deloitte Tech Fast 500 list below.