‘Right to Yelp’ law pushes back on companies threatening customersPosted: Updated:
Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) is touting a new law he calls the “Right to Yelp” – a pushback on companies that threaten customers with legal action if they share a negative review online.
Skoufis says many companies offering services with contracts are including "gag" clauses. He says companies who would welcome a glowing review can’t have it both ways.
“We live in the 21st century. These reviews are commonplace online. A lot of people rely on them and this just protects a person's rights to offer their opinion," says the assemblyman.
Skoufis says online reviewers should not be deterred. He says even without his bill, a consumer gag order is likely a freedom of speech violation.
The "Right to Yelp" bill passed in the state Assembly and is awaiting state Senate review.