Court ruling permits Yelp to manipulate ratings

|About: Yelp (YELP)|By:, SA News Editor

Yelp (NYSE:YELP) has no obligation to display positive reviews on business owners' Yelp page, rules Judge Marsha Berzon.

The verdict comes after many years of small business owners claiming Yelp extorted advertising payments from them by threatening to remove positive reviews from their listings.

Yelp maintains that it does not engage in the hard-ball tactics, although the new ruling states that should the company do so intentionally, is would be perfectly legal under federal law.