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WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to ensure that customers who want to post negative reviews on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor can do so without legal repercussions.

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The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Monday night.

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Supporters of the bill say it is needed to ensure freedom of speech in a growing online economy. It was written in response to some businesses that have made customers sign non-disparagement clauses and then sued if a bad review showed up.

In one case, a Dallas couple was sued by a pet-sitting company for up to $1 million after giving the company a one-star review on Yelp and complaining that their fish had been overfed. The case was dismissed this past summer.

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