Negative online reviews are now protected by law in California

Reblogged from Karlynp & The Doggone World:

I rarely write negative reviews because I choose my books very carefully. However, I passionately believe in the right to write negative reviews in whatever manner the reviewer likes. Even when I disagree with them, I believe in and respect that right. It looks like California believes that too. --Char

 

 

This is such great news! If a business tries to fine you over a negative review, California will give them a $10,000 fine right back.

 

If you’re a business owner with a thin skin in California, you’re about to have a bad time.

The state has had problems with businesses requiring customers to agree not to say anything negative about them online. But this week, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a state bill that cracks down on the controversial practice.

 

“No consumer should ever face penalties for voicing their opinions on the services or products they have purchased, and California law is now clear that no company has the ability to silence consumers,” Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), a sponsor of the bill, said in a statement.

 

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Source: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/california-non-disparage-online-review-law-yelp