Libel suit over a Yelp review

My litigation plate is too full right now for a detailed analysis, but the Washington Post carries an interesting story today about a libel suit by a local contractor over a negative review of his business on Yelp.  The story says there is a preliminary injunction hearing today.  It will be interesting to see what testimony is adduced on truth versus falsity and whether the defendant's mental state can be shown to be below the applicable level of care, but we can also hope that the Court will raise an issue that is not mentioned in the plaintiff's preliminary injunction motion: how the request for an injunction before there has been a final trial on the merits about the allegedly actionable words can overcome the rule against prior restraints.

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