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Ruling may lead Yelp to recoup legal fees from dentist who sued site

from Online Media Daily

Handing a victory to review site Yelp, a California court ruled that a pediatric dentist's lawsuit over a bad review should have been thrown out under a state law aimed at protecting people's right to discuss matters of public interest. In a decision released Nov. 10, an appellate court in Santa Clara ruled that Yelp was entitled to the protections of the state's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute for hosting the review, allegedly posted by the father of a 6-year-old patient of Yvonne Wong. That statue provides that defendants who are sued based on statements about matters of public interest are, in some circumstances, entitled to recover their legal fees. more

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