Developments in Libel Suit Against Yelp Reviewer

by Paul Alan Levy

Earlier this month, Brian Wolfman and I both wrote about an impending preliminary injunction hearing in a libel suit over a consumer's review of a local contractor who, she said, had botched his work on her home.  The trial judge largely denied relief, but orally ordered the homeowner to revise her comments in two respects.  The homeowner has sought reconsideration of the order, specifically raising First Amendment arguments about prior restraint as well as citing a Virginia case that appears to align Virginia with other states where "equity will not enjoin a libel." 

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