Whoa: Amazon bans vendor that threatened legal action against neg. reviewer

Whoa: Amazon bans vendor that threatened legal action against neg. reviewer

[Ed. – That was quick.]

Earlier this week, a man took to Reddit asking for legal advice, saying a law firm was threatening to sue him for writing a negative review about an Internet router.

The company that sold that router, New Jersey-based Mediabridge, through the law firm, claimed that the review contained several assertions that were “false, defamatory, libelous, and slanderous.” The reviewer claimed the company faked positive reviews and stole the design of their product from another company. …

In the days after the law firm made its threat, the man who wrote the Amazon review has taken down his original review and his post on Reddit. But that’s not the end of this for the company.

Leaders at Mediabridge now say that Amazon has revoked the company’s seller account, preventing the sale of Mediabridge products on Amazon.com—the only site through which it currently sells its products. That might mean the loss of jobs for many of the company’s employees, the company claims. …

Mediabridge still defends the actions it took against the Amazon user, who had originally claimed the company was bullying him and threatening to sue for a simple negative review.

The Amazon user has not actually been sued. Not yet, at least. He has been warned and asked to correct what Mediabridge and its lawyers called “untrue and damaging statements.”

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