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I have been in the restaurant business and catering business for many years someone just posted a defamatory review stating I closed my restaurant because of restaurant cockroach infestation. This is not true we lost our lease because they raised our rent from 6500.00 to 9000.00 per month. They leased it to someone else after we were there for 30 years. We have another restaurant and catering business and this has hurt our business. I have a impeccable record with the Health Department. And have saved all my documents for the past 10 years proving that we have nothing but A's. This person has hurt our business what can I do?
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: California
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: No,
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I would like to go after this person for defaming my business
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Online review cases are relatively complex because you first have to learn the identity of the person posting a review. And, how you do that is to first file a lawsuit against the website (E.G., yelp) and a John Doe party, and then once you filed the suit you demand from the website the identity of the person… The website is then dismissed from the matter and that usually take the post down after litigation is filed. From that point you have a straightforward case of defamation , tortious interference, slander in which you would have to prove financial loss as a result of the negative rating in review. They would be liable to you for cash damages as well as pain and suffering.

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