If Yelp Ever Deletes Your Account, You Should Sue, Sue, Sue!

An angry “Solopreneur,” Adryenn Ashley, recently demanded a jury trial because Yelp deleted her account. She feels “public humiliation, liable, and defamation,” so somebody at Yelp is going to pay.   

What’s that? The class-action lawsuit is only just being developed right now, per Yelp-Sucks.com?

Perhaps IHateYelp.com could help get this suit off of the ground? Uh oh, apparently ‘Public’ online spaces don’t carry speech, rights. That could be a problem.

Let us rue for the happy days, back in ought-five, when Yelpers could celebrate their success without fear of lawsuits. Thusly:

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via Yelp.com’s flickrstream

It was the Golden Age of the Wired.

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2 Responses to “If Yelp Ever Deletes Your Account, You Should Sue, Sue, Sue!”

  1. Adryenn Ashley says:

    Wow! I gotta say, I like the old Yelp too! :) Having never been to a Yelp party I have to say, I’m bummed I missed THAT party!

    You do understand the issue, right? Do you just think that my tactics stink? Or do you think that anybody can call you anything they like, post it on a website for the world to see and it’s just tough luck?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    If you want my opinion, you spend way too much time on Yelp, based on just one web page over there I just looked at.

    If you’re saying you have just one issue, then can we call it defamation? IMO, you’re still confused about libel and slander and you sound patronizing when you lecture to others about these subjects. Defamation covers the whole magilla

    So, for your defamation issue, this is it:

    “My issue is that you deleted my account under false pretenses. You deleted it under a violation of the terms of service, which I did not do, or even come close to doing. Now my shortcut leads to a page that publically claims I commited fraud, ie violating the terms of service.”

    So, people will think you committed fraud because of some webpage on Yelp? Really? And you’re not asking for money? What will your lawyer think of that? Or maybe you’re going to get a judge to certify your class action in pro per, all by your lonesome?

    As far as your “Are you A or are you B question” is concerned, I think your tactics would look a lot better if I thought you had a better legal case. Talk to a lawyer if you want. Maybe you can find one on Yelp?

    I had no idea Yelp could look like this:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/lonnis-punani-waxing-san-francisco-3?rpp=40&sort_by=date_desc&start=40
    I can understand why Yelp wants to combat mututal admiration rings.