Some folks rely on Yelp reviews for almost everything. You want some frozen yogurt? Better check Yelp. You want to try some new floss that doesn't have the mint flavor? Yelp to the rescue. Bad reviews have been leading to lawsuits around the country. Yes, businesses have been suing people who give them a bad review on Yelp.

This has gotten the attention of a NJ congressman. Rep. Leonard Lance feels you should be unencumbered in your harsh criticism of a new coffee house or a bowling alley. He is offering your protection from lawsuits in the form of the Consumer Review Fairness Act. It would make it illegal for businesses to include non-disparagement clauses in their contracts with customers. And they do happen. Often buried in fine print. In fact a member of his own staff told Lance of a wedding disc jockey contract that included language warning the customer was subject to a $10,000 fine for leaving any negative opinion on sites like Yelp.

All this Yelp talk reminded me of something I saw about a year ago. I want to share this with you. Totally tongue in cheek, someone started a Yelp thread of reviews of newborn babies. It's just what you'd think. Not-to-be-taken-seriously reviews of what it's like to have a newborn baby for the first time. Check it out here.

--Jeff Deminski

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