New extortion lawsuit filed against review site Yelp

A new lawsuit has been filed against the popular online review site Yelp as business owners claim the company is extorting them for advertising dollars.

Mr. Boris Levitt, the owner of a furniture restoration business called Renaissance, has filed the latest lawsuit against Yelp.

Mr. Levitt is claiming Yelp has removed positive reviews of his business on the community, leaving mainly the negative ones, after Mr. Levitt allegedly declined a solicitation for monthly advertising dollars by Yelp. He is claiming Yelp is advertising its business as an unbiased reviews website, when in fact they are removing and manipulating reviews when businesses chose not to advertise with them.

This is not the first time a suit has been filed against the company with similar allegations.

A number of businesses across the U.S. have joined a class action lawsuit filed by the law offices of Beck & Lee and Weston to date, along with other individual lawsuits against the company.

Businesses claim Yelp employees would call them telling them their site has had positive reviews and that x number of people are visiting the site of the business from Yelp, but, a few negative reviews are on the profile page and Yelp could do something about it for x dollars a month.

Yelp has publically denied all allegations.

Two former PayPal employees founded yelp in the summer of 2004 in San Francisco. The company to date has risen $56-million in funding, including $25-million by Elevation Partners. The company currently employs 200 people.


Boris Levitt Vs. Yelp


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  • MrNamuro

    Yelp is going to get a very powerful punch in the nose if they don't prove their non-implication in such actions. But you never know how people sometimes turn mad because of the economical crisis and make super mistakes.
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  • Anonymous

    Yelp is going to get a very powerful punch in the nose if they don’t prove their non-implication in such actions. But you never know how people sometimes turn mad because of the economical crisis and make super mistakes. n______________________________________________nlawyers in Boston

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