Chris Dietz, a remodeling contractor, has sued Jane Perez, the woman who hired him to work on her home, for libel. Ms Perez has written scathing reviews on Angie’s list and Yelp about Dietz Development LLC of Washington DCÂ claiming shoddy workmanship, billing for work not done, theft and trespassing. Now Chris Dietz is suing Ms Perez. He argues Perez has slandered Dietz development and now Ms Perez is being sued for libel and damages to the tune of $750,000.
Angie’s list and Yelp.
These are the Tweedledee and Tweedledum of review sites the main differences being Angie’s list is a paid member site and Yelp is free to everyone. Both sites had reviews posted by Ms Perez. A court ruled that a few of the statements posted by Perez were inappropriate and not protected by the 1st amendment and requested them removed. Yelp complied but Angie’s list which is a paid member site and thus not public domain left the reviews by Ms Perez. Angie’s list operates under some of the same protections as any member site or even including hate sites like Westboro Baptist church which would use the 1st amendment to promote their agenda. The 1st amendment can have broad protections to free speech and it should, but within these protections there is room for questionable use of its powers such as, are you allowed to libel a person or business?
Freedom of speech, give it up?
Americans take their freedom of speech as an inalienable right and correctly so but freedoms carry responsibilities and freedom of speech has some restraints, one is you are not free to slander or libel someone. Read the full story »