Class-Action Suit Calls Yelp "Extortion Scheme"

Business reviews site Yelp amounts to an "extortion scheme," according to a class action lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court by two law firms and a Long Beach, Calif., veterinary hospital that claims it was "victimized" by Yelp sales representatives asking for payment in exchange for the removal of negative reviews. "The plaintiff... asked that Yelp remove a false and defamatory review from the Web site," a release from the law firms alleges.