“Couple Prevails In Court After Being Sued For Online Review”
A lawsuit was dismissed Tuesday against a couple who wrote a negative Yelp review about a pet services company.
Back in February, Michelle Duchouquette and her husband were facing a $1 million lawsuit after writing a one-star review about Prestigious Pets in Dallas. The review said that she did not like the extra $5 fee to walk her dogs, and that the fish bowl’s water appeared cloudy with possibly too much food.
Public Citizen, an advocacy group in Washington D.C., represented the couple for free. Nicole Williams, an attorney at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, also agreed to take on the case pro bono as their local counsel.
At the time, Williams explained that the lawsuit could have a big impact on anyone who writes reviews in Texas. “This is really going to be a case about: Can consumers feel safe to go on websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp and write truthful reviews without being brought into court and potentially sued for up to $1 million,” said Williams.