Jury in Yelp Lawsuit in Fairfax County: Neither Side Wins
Neither side won damages in lawsuit, Washington Post reports.
The five-day trial in a Fairfax County courtroom that started last Monday had the jurors deliberating for eight hours. The verdict: Neither side would be paid any damages, the Post reported.
The woman, Jane Perez, gave the contractor, Christopher Dietz, a one-star review on Yelp that complained of shoddy work he did on her townhouse. He turned around and sued her, saying her review cost him $300,000 in lost business.
The legal tussle began in 2012 when Dietz sued Perez and eventually landed in a Fairfax County courtroom last week after earlier hearings and rulings.
Both claimed victory after Friday's verdict, the Post reported. “I think freedom of speech won in this case, and that’s a good message to send,” Perez told the newspaper. Dietz told the paper he felt he was vindicated.
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