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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill protecting consumers' online reviews
Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill protecting consumers' online reviews

Californians offering online opinions or reviews of businesses will have new legal protection under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure by Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) aims to crack down on retailers seeking to stop negative online reviews by requiring consumers not to make negative public comments about the business. Those requirements, known as non-disparagement clauses, are at times buried in the lengthy terms and conditions that some businesses ask customers to agree to before making a purchase. Pérez's measure makes such clauses illegal in most cases. Pérez, the former Assembly speaker,  said his bill, AB...

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