Extortion racket? Now that's a business model we haven't tried…

Curious goings on at Yelp, which is being sued for alleged extortion.

TechCrunch reports that

The plaintiff in the suit, a veterinary hospital in Long Beach, CA, is said to have requested that Yelp remove a negative review from the website, which was allegedly refused by the San Francisco startup, after which its sales representatives repeatedly contacted the hospital demanding payments of roughly $300 per month in exchange for hiding or deleting the review.

The lawsuit calls it an “extortion racket”. Desperate times and all that…

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