Lawyer calls Yelp’s suit against him retaliation

Julian McMillan sued Yelp for not delivering on ads he paid for; Yelp then sued him for posting fake reviews

Yelp Inc.—the website that allows almost anyone to review businesses around the world—is nothing more than a bully, according to one unhappy customer who happens to be a lawyer.

Julian McMillan, who owns a small law firm in San Diego, sued Yelp in small claims court earlier this year, claiming the company did not follow through with their agreement when he bought ads to promote his business on the site. A judge agreed with McMillan’s claims and ordered Yelp to pay McMillan $2,700 as reimbursement for money he spent on the ads. Yelp appealed, arguing that neither McMillan nor the judge understand Yelp’s contract.


Cathleen Flahardy

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