Watch CBS News

Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer Unsuccessfully Sues Yelpers For Poor Reviews

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a lawyer can't sue more than a dozen people who posted rude criticism of him and his law firm on Yelp and similar sites that feature online reviews.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Judge Harry Leinenweber tossed the libel suit last week. He concluded that the comments about David Freydin and the Law Offices of David Freydin were opinions and amounted to protected speech.

Freydin alleged the comments were "salacious, false and libelous." Some were anti-Semitic. The Chicago-area lawyer also noted the reviewers gave him and his firm one-star ratings out of a possible five even though he never worked with them.

Freydin runs the bankruptcy law firm "Chicago Debt Solutions."

The lawsuit names four defendants and refers to 10 others as "John Does."

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.