(Scroll down for video) People will now think twice before writing a bad review online out of fear of a large lawsuit, according to reports.
A Fairfax home owner, Jane Perez, wrote a review on the Internet about a contractor, on the website Yelp, citing that the work was not completed and that jewelry was stolen from her home. She gave him a one star rating, saying "do not go through this nightmare with this contractor."
Christopher Deitz slapped her with a $750,000 lawsuit for defamation. A Local judge will rule today in his request for an injunction to prevent Perez from writing similar reviews.
Lawyers label this a growing trend, citing a series of defamation lawsuits brought after bad online
reviews on Yelp, Angie's List and TripAdvisor. They say that the importance of an online reputation is growing for companies, doctors, restaurants and even teachers.
Perez, a retired captain of the armed who stands firm on what she wrote on Yelp, said she had never fathomed that her opinion could land her in court. It has left her reeling and potentially facing thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend herself.
"I do not want to see what happened to me happen to anyone else," Perez said.