How much are your words worth?

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When a contractor did what Jane Perez ought was less than satisfactory work on her home, she did what many people in our age of internet often do: she logged online and posted a review on Yelp about the contractors work. The contractor countered by filing a $725,000 defamation lawsuit.

Perez stands by her reviews, saying that everything she wrote was truthful about the work. Regardless, the case leaves her potentially facing thousands of dollars in legal bills to defend herself.

Lawyers say such lawsuits are on the rise because of the explosion in popularity of review sites such as Yelp.  How many more people could face astronomical legal fees for merely stating their opinions?

For more information on this suit, and on the issue itself, click here.