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Businesses accusing Yelp of extortion lose another round in court
Businesses accusing Yelp of extortion lose another round in court

Can a business buy itself an amazing rating on Yelp? Maybe. The influential ratings website denies tampering with any reviews, but a federal appeals court ruled that it can if it wants to — saying it would not amount to extortion. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was in response to a lawsuit filed by small businesses alleging Yelp manipulated ratings to extort businesses into advertising. "The business owners may deem the posting or order of user reviews as a threat of economic harm, but it is not unlawful for Yelp to post and sequence the reviews," Marsha S. Berzon, a member of the court's three-judge panel, wrote in the...

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