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Yelp hit with a class action lawsuit for its rotten data mining algorithm

"You'll get bad reviews unless you purchase advertising with us". Yelp algorithm filters out good reviews from businesses that are not willing to spend $500/month advertising on Yelp. Take this info with a grain of salt - could be caused by disgruntled businesses complaining about true bad reviews.

Here's what you can find on the Lawyer's website:

You aren't the only one.  And because of the methods that Yelp employed, the false advertising, libel, slander, and defamation used when Yelp "cleaned house", and Yelp's refusal to individually review each profile/account to determine if they have made a mistake, they leave us little choice but to take Yelp to Federal Court in a Class Action Lawsuit.

Let's be perfectly clear here.  If you were gaming the system or trading reviews this site isn't for you.  So far, the innocent collateral damage appears to be just a few thousand folks or the "undisclosed number" of accounts that were deleted.  This site is for those people who were unfairly targeted by the system.

Now that the class action suit has been filed, it is even more imperative that we gather information on the victims from around the country. I know for many of you this has been a long time coming, but rest assured, Yelp WILL have to answer for their business practices.

Your first name and email address are required to join the list.  The other information will help us to track this issue geographically and improve our ability to settle the problem.

For more, visit or Google "Yelp class action lawsuit".

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Comment by Page Schorer on August 12, 2012 at 7:47pm

Seems to me that Yelp users generate enough nasty reviews all on their own.  I always ignore the worst and the best.

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