Two Area Women Face Lawsuits for Posting Negative Online Reviews

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP)— First, a Virginia woman was sued by a home contractor over negative comments she posted on Yelp and Angie’s List. Now, a D.C. woman is facing a lawsuit from a Chevy Chase doctor after griping about his services online.

Barb Howe visited Medical Cosmetic Enhancements after purchasing an online coupon for services there. According to her 1-star Yelp review of the business, posted on July 21, 2012, she was left with a scar near her lip after receiving a type of facial that employs the use of a laser.

“I hope others can learn from my experience and never, ever patronize this place, no matter how cheap their coupons may be! Stay away!” Howe wrote.

Medical Cosmetics Enhancements has since filed a small-claims defamation suit in the D.C. Superior Court, according to the DCist. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5 and the office is seeking $5,000 in damages, the report said.

That is much less than the $750,000 home contractor Dietz Development LLC is seeking from Jane Perez, the Virginia woman who negatively reviewed the company online.

In December, a judge ordered Perez to delete some of her online accusations and barred her from repeating them in new posts while the lawsuit is pending. The state’s highest court later reversed that order.

In a statement, ACLU Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg, who is representing Perez, said the contractor will still have the opportunity to try to prove in court that he was wronged by Perez’s speech, but “the court cannot suppress her speech in the meantime.”

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