When it comes to reading online reviews, most consumers would get zero stars

California’s Supreme Court has ruled that Yelp YELP, -0.10% can’t be forced to remove a negative review — but that doesn’t mean consumers should trust bad reviews.

Three of the four justices who ruled in favor of Yelp on Monday argued that the Communications Decency Act protected sites like Yelp in cases like these. Previously, a California state appeals court had ruled that Yelp needed to remove libelous reviews written by an unhappy client of a California law firm. The remaining justice who ruled in Yelp’s favor instead argued that Yelp couldn’t be held accountable because it was not a party to the law firm’s original suit.

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