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    Default Can You Be Sued for Libel Over a Yelp Review

    My question involves defamation in the state of: California
    Can a poster of a negative Yelp review be sued, if the posting is opinion based on experience? Seems to me Yelp is having a credibility issue lately. Hard to know if the reviews are valid or not.

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    Default Re: Can You Be Sued for Libel Over a Yelp Review

    You can be sued even if you tell the truth -- after all, anybody can sue anybody for anything -- but if your statements are true and a court accepts them as true, that's an absolute defense to any libel actions.

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    Default Re: Can You Be Sued for Libel Over a Yelp Review

    Yes, you can be sued.

    Whether the plaintiff will be successful or not depends on what you write.

    Truth is typically a defense. Generally, opinion is also a defense.

    The bad part is that nothing prevents the lawsuit from being handed to you and, right or wrong, you get to spend many thousands on a defamation lawyer to defend you in court.

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