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Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Google and all Search Engines until they stop filtering legitimate positive reviews and stop allowing false reviews to appear on business listings.

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Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Google and all Search Engines until they stop filtering legitimate positive reviews and stop allowing false reviews to appear on business listings.

To be delivered to Larry Page, Google CEO, Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! CEO, Robin Li, Baidu CEO, Satya Nadella, Bing CEO, Arkady Volozh, Yandex CEO and 6 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Search Engines until they stop their harmful practices. Yelp is destroying small businesses. They have gamed the search engine companies and our system of free enterprise. They have a clear conflict of interest, and this harms everyone. Help small businesses succeed, and you will help all economies prosper. This will help everyone! Thank you!
There are currently 1,927 signatures. NEW goal - We need 2,000 signatures!

Petition Background

I have no problem at all with legitimate reviews of a business, but Yelp is not interested in the truth. They are predatory with a clear conflict of interest.

My business, income, and my reputation have been damaged by the strong arm tactics of Yelp, as I have refused to pay them to 'fix' my problem of a one star rating, which they caused in order to profit from me paying them to 'fix' it, while 'filtering' my legitimate five star reviews.

I have a defamatory false negative one star review posted on my business Yelp listing, while all of the legitimate five star reviews from my clients are 'filtered' by Yelp.

I am not the only business and person affected by Yelp. Small business owners, employees, and the public are harmed everywhere by Yelp. See the articles, websites, and the class action lawsuits by business owners against Yelp.
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https://plus.google.com/111467544375915565045/about
Take a look at the reviews Yelp is getting on Google places, and leave your own. Updated 11 February 2015.
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https://www.scribd.com/doc/243813774/Kimzey-v-Yelp-Inc-Opening-Brief-9th-Circuit-Appeal-14-Oct-2014

"Current petition signers
1833. Douglas Kimzey from Bellevue, WA signed this petition on Mar 9, 2015.
Comment: "Kimzey v. Yelp Inc. - Opening Brief ( see Google search ) Decision due - 2015 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco Extortion - Libel - False Reviews"
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dkJctUDIs&feature=youtu.be
"Published on Mar 7, 2015
Billion Dollar Bully is an investigative documentary that examines allegations against Yelp regarding extortion, review manipulation, and review fabrication."
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http://youtu.be/fYpmJHlXuVc
YouTube video about Yelp's tactics, dated July 14, 2014. "Business demonstrates what YELP would look like in real life." Hint: Online IS real life!
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Received September 16, 2014. Thank you, Rep. Ann Kuster!

Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2), a target of the "Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Google and all Search Engines until they stop filtering legitimate positive reviews and stop allowing false reviews to appear on business listings." petition you created on MoveOn's petition website (http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/pay-it-forward-ban-yelp), posted the following response to the petition, which we thought you should see.

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Dear All,

Thank you for reaching out to me through this MoveOn.org petition. Listening to my constituents is a fundamental part of my job as it helps me to best represent you and New Hampshire’s priorities in Congress. In order to maintain an open dialogue with the people of New Hampshire and to maximize my responsiveness, I encourage constituents like you to contact me directly through my website. If you wish to receive a response, please send me an e-mail through my website at http://Kuster.house.gov or contact my Concord, NH office at (603) 226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-5206. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress

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NEW CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against Yelp, filed 08/06/14. Read all of it, and share it with everyone! CURRY VS YELP.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/236094666/Curry-v-Yelp

"JOSEPH CURRY, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff, vs. YELP INC., JEREMY STOPPELMAN, ROBERT J. KROLIK and GEOFFREY DONAKER, Defendants.

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL SECURITIES LAWS

DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL"
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http://shareholdersfoundation.com/case/yelp-inc-nyse-yelp-investor-securities-class-action-lawsuit-08252014
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http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140814-912409.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 14, 2014, 3:46 p.m. ET

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: LEVI & KORSINSKY, LLP Notifies Investors of Class Action Against Yelp Inc. and Its Board of Directors and a Lead Plaintiff Deadline of October 6, 2014 -- YELP


"Yelp Inc. - Information Request Form

Levi & Korsinsky announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of investors who purchased Yelp Inc. ("Yelp" or the "Company") (NYSE: YELP) securities between October 29, 2013 and April 3, 2014.

The complaint alleges that Yelp made materially false and misleading statements regarding: (a) the true nature of its 'firsthand' experience and reviews appearing on its website; (b) the robustness of its processes and algorithms purportedly designed to screen unreliable reviews; and (c) the Company's forecasted financial growth prospects and the extent to which they were reliant upon undisclosed business practices, including requiring business customers to pay to suppress negative reviews. If you suffered a loss in Yelp you have until October 6, 2014 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you serve as a lead plaintiff.

To receive more information regarding the investigation of Yelp please fill out the form below. " http://zlkdocs.com/YELP-Info-Request-Form-2043

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/06/us-yelp-reviews-lawsuit-idUSKBN0G62HG20140806

'Yelp hit with shareholder lawsuit over online reviews'
August 6, 2014

"Yelp Inc and its executives were accused in a lawsuit of selling more than $81 million in stock while deceiving shareholders about the quality of consumer reviews on its website."

"The proposed class action, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Wednesday, said Yelp's share price had reached artificially inflated prices of over $98 earlier this year because the company had misrepresented its true condition."

"Reviews, including anonymous reviews, appearing on the company's website were not all authentic 'firsthand' reviews," the lawsuit said, "but instead included fraudulent reviews by reviewers who did not have first-hand experience with the business."

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/12522/20140808/lawsuit-alleges-yelp-extorting-businesses-negative-reviews.htm

'Lawsuit alleges Yelp is extorting businesses with negative reviews'
August 8, 2014

"Business review/guide Yelp is being accused of behaving very, very badly. A class action lawsuit has been prepared by the company's shareholders alleging that Yelp has been requiring businesses to pay to get rid of negative "first-hand" reviews posted on yelp.com. Companies that refused to buy ads on the website have complained about subsequently finding that their positive reviews on the site had mysteriously vanished. The lawsuit puts it into more specific terms:

Algorithms purportedly designed to screen unreliable reviews did not comprehensively do so, and instead, the Company allowed such unreliable reviews to remain prominent while the Company tried to sell services designed to suppress negative reviews or make them go away...

According to Valleywag, the lawsuit claims that Yelp's execs made over $81.5 million from extortion. If true, then those same executives conspired to keep their profits a secret, a kind of insider trading that the suit accuses Yelp of, going so far as to call it "a scheme to deceive the market."
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https://archive.org/stream/810232-panzer-v-yelp/810232-panzer-v-yelp_djvu.txt
" PANZER VS YELP CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS COMMON TO ALL CLAIMS

34. While the allegations in this Complaint and Jury Demand are generally written in the past tense, they apply equally to Class Members who are currently employed by Defendants.

A. Defendant Exploits a Vulnerable and Disposable Class of Workers

35. Defendant's business model is predicated entirely on the exploitation of Plaintiffs' work product in order for the company and its owners to earn approximately $220 million annually. Its success is dependent upon the efforts of hordes of non-wage-paid reviewers and its ability to use those reviews as ready-made advertising-content to advertise businesses on their websites.

36. Defendant's enormous growth and preeminence as a publisher are directly attributable to its low operating costs, made possible by not paying wages to an entire class of workers and thereby also sidestepping payment of taxes, and other societal contributions.

37. By shirking its responsibilities to pay its workers, Defendant is in essence thumbing its nose both at their workers and the taxing authorities of all states and the U.S. Government.

38. Yelp has devised a system of cult-like rewards and disciplines to motivate its non-wage- paid writers to labor without wages or expense reimbursement, in violation of equitable principles and the FSLA, by offering such rewards as trinkets, badges, titles, praise, social promotion, free liquor, free food, and free promotional Yelp attire, such as red panties with "Make Me Yelp!" stamped across its bottom, 3 Awards and public recognition are regularly offered for such activities as being the first to review a new business; frequently checking in with specific businesses; and for writing a certain number of reviews within a given time-frame. These motivational awards are offered by Defendant to its writers instead of just compensation in the form of wages. States one long-time Yelper, "It's kind of like a cult, except instead of Kool-Aid we drink alcohol,"

39. Yelp's parties have become regular and highly-anticipated events for its "Elite Squad", comprised of selected invitees based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, and help Yelp continue to push workers to compete for what have become coveted honors.

40. Other motivations besides bestowing prolific reviewers with the title "Elite" 4 is the dubbing of individuals with such titles as "Duke" or "Duchess"; then "Baron" or "Baroness" (the ones with the most Dukedoms in their neighborhood); and finally crowning their active participants "King" or "Queen", the person with the most Dukedoms in a given city. These titles are used to generate and maintain interest and productivity of its writers in lieu of monetary compensation, as required by the FLSA. ."
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"52. In directives to his non-wage-paid workers, Yelp CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, gives direct orders to non-wage-paid employees and has threatened that there would be dire consequences if they failed to obey him stating: "I make the decisions and 1 stand behind them". CEO Stoppelman further refers to "the measuring stick" and warns "there will be serious penalties to those that ignore us. The measuring stick is do you have enough independence to be able to criticize the business? If the person is a friend or you can't imagine a scenario where you could give them anything less than a 5 star review you're likely biased and shouldn't review the business. I would definitely not review any of your business networking contacts made through Ladies who Launch or the eWomenNetwork,"

53. Defendant cajoles its troops: "By accepting this invitation, you'll be one of the voices and faces of Yelp Elite - in essence our ambassadors both on and offline - so all we ask is that you commit to keep "Yelping" about your favorite restaurants and clubs, your doctor, your mechanic, your hair salon, or really anything that's local and would help others to know about! We want you to keep telling your friends about Yelp and encourage them to invite their friends as well (the more people Yelping, the more useful and fun the site becomes). We also ask that you contribute positively to the site and do your part to set an example of what a stellar Yelper can and should be."

54. Plaintiffs report they must write glowing reviews of the venues that sponsor company events, where they are often offered free food, liquor, and use of the premises, under threat of losing their "elite" status 5 .

55. Defendant controls its reviews to pander to its advertisers. For instance, Defendant informed one of its writers that it was removing her reviews because it was based on her personal experience. It then told another writer that it was removing his reviews because they were NOT based on his personal experience. This odd conduct by Defendant is used to placate advertisers who might get upset by negative reviews, and then threaten to cancel their advertising. "
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'Guest: What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?'

"Yelp’s supposedly impartial posting of consumer reviews of small businesses, when combined with its aggressive efforts to sell marketing assistance to those same businesses, poses an irreconcilable conflict of interest."
http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2022688527_terrythomasopedyelp17xml.html

Join the Facebook group, 'Businesses Against Yelp'.
https://www.facebook.com/BusinessesAgainstYelp

Join the Facebook Group, 'Yelp Extortion'.
https://www.facebook.com/YelpExtortion


'Yelp Filtered Reviews Blues: Businesses Hate The Mysterious Algorithm, But Is There Any Way To Crack It?'
http://www.ibtimes.com/yelp-filtered-reviews-blues-businesses-hate-mysterious-algorithm-there-any-way-crack-it-1543366

See this MoveOn petition too:
'Apple: Please help Millions of Small Businesses'
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/apple-please-help-millions

See this petition on Change.org
'Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Search Engines until they stop their harmful practices. Yelp is destroying small businesses. Help small businesses succeed, and you will help all economies prosper. '
https://www.change.org/p/larry-page-ceo-pay-it-forward-ban-yelp-from-search-engines-until-they-stop-their-harmful-practices-yelp-is-destroying-small-businesses-help-small-businesses-succeed-and-you-will-help-all-economies-prosper

See this website: 'National Association of Small Business Owners'
http://nationalassociationofsmallbusinessowners.org/

Check out this article on Forbes.com: 'Think Yelp is Unbiased? Think Again!!'
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhandy/2012/08/16/think-yelp-is-unbiased-think-again/

Read these: '5991 reviews for Yelp that are not currently recommended
Note: The reviews below are not factored into the business's overall star rating.'
http://www.yelp.com/not_recommended_reviews/4kMBvIEWPxWkWKFN__8SxQ

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