Yet Another Court To Hear Yelp’s Argument Against Revealing Reviewers’ Names

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For more than two years, a carpet cleaning company in Virginia has been trying to compel Yelp to turn over the identities of reviewers the company accuses of posting false and defamatory information. While both a trial court and a state appeals court have told Yelp to fork over that info, the crowdsourced reviews site has not yet done so — and tomorrow it takes its case before the highest court in Virginia. [More]

Court Rules Company Can’t Collect $3,500 “Non-Disparagement” Fee For Negative Online Review

The Terms of sale on the KlearGear website included this Non-Disparagement Clause that tried to put customers on the hook for $3,500 if they dared to complain about bad transactions.

For months, we’ve been telling you about KlearGear.com, the online retailer that was trying to collect a $3,500 fee from unsatisfied former customers over a negative review because of a “Non-Disparagement Clause” inserted into the site’s Terms of Sale after the customers made the purchase. The customers have been trying to fight the ridiculous anti-consumer fee (which shouldn’t apply to them anyway, as they never agreed to it at the time of purchase), and finally sued the company after having their credit tainted by a bogus debt. Now a federal court has sided with the couple and tossed out the $3,500 fee. [More]

NSA, Homeland Security Admit They Shouldn’t Have Blocked Sale Of Parody Merchandise

The two logos that resulted in cease-and-desist letters from the NSA and DHS (libertymaniacs.com)

No one likes being made fun of or humiliated (okay, some people do, but that’s part of a much larger discussion), but you can’t throw your authority as a big, scary federal agency around to stop people from mocking you, even if they’re making some money doing so. [More]

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This Will Be Fun: $3,500 Fine For Bad Online Review Is Going To Court

The saga of the couple fined $3500 for writing a negative review of a company back in 2008 continues and now, it’s going to court. [More]

Yelp Fights Against Outing Anonymous Reviewers In Lawsuit By Carpet Cleaner

Yelp Fights Against Outing Anonymous Reviewers In Lawsuit By Carpet Cleaner

When you write a review on Yelp, you are supposed to feel assured in your ability to keep your identity from being made public. But a Virginia carpet cleaner is attempting to compel Yelp to reveal the names of seven people who posted reviews about the company. [More]

Public Citizen Calls For Breakup Of Bank Of America

Public Citizen Calls For Breakup Of Bank Of America

Bank of America poses “a grave threat to U.S. financial stability,” according to watchdog group Public Citizen, which has called for the bank to be broken up. [More]

Consumer Advocate Says Protection Agency Should Be Like Harvard's Elizabeth Warren

Consumer Advocate Says Protection Agency Should Be Like Harvard's Elizabeth Warren

Jeff Sovern at Public Citizen has a simple message for the Washington bureaucrats who will soon create the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Put Elizabeth Warren in charge and build the agency in her image.

Why Elizabeth Warren, you ask?

Effient: FDA May Approve Blood Thinner That Causes Internal Bleeding

Effient: FDA May Approve Blood Thinner That Causes Internal Bleeding

The Food and Drug Administration may be on the verge of approving an ELil Lilly blood thinner a consumer group says causes internal bleeding.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/05/the-house-subcommittee-on-commercial/

The House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law is currently holding a hearing on forced arbitration and credit cards, appropriately titled “Federal Arbitration Act: Is the Credit Card Industry Using It To Quash Legal Claims?” Our friends at Public Citizen will be testifying. You can view (or at least listen to) the Real Player stream here.

FDA Warns Of Tendon-Rupturing Antibiotics

FDA Warns Of Tendon-Rupturing Antibiotics

The FDA slapped a black box warning on a group of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones for their link to tendonitis and tendon rupture in patients. Drugs in this group include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Oscient, Factive, Proquin XR, Floxin Noroxin. Ruptures associated with the drug have included the achilles tendon, thumbs, shoulder, bicep and hand. Public interest group Public Citizen has been petitioned the FDA in 1996, 2005 and 2006 to add greater warnings to the drug. Only after Public Citizen sued the FDA for not responding to the petitions were the warnings added. One patient described what happened after he was hospitalized for an infection and treated with Cipro…