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.READ MORE: Mesquite Police Identify Officer Killed In Shooting, Vigil To Be Held Sunday
The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Monday night.READ MORE: Pelicans Take Revenge On Mavs And Win 107-91 After Blowout Loss, Luka Out With Ankle Problems
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.MORE NEWS: Baylor Holds On For Big 12 Title, Knocks Oklahoma State Out Of College Football Playoffs
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