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Law Firm’s Defamation Suit Against Ex-Paralegal Claims Lost Business from Online Review

Posted Mar 28, 2011 6:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Texas law firm has sued its former paralegal and her husband claiming they are responsible for a fake online review that resulted in lost business.

The Bellaire law firm Weston & Associates and name partner Michael Weston are seeking $1.25 million for the review posted at Citysearch.com, Texas Lawyer reports. The defendants are the one-time paralegal, Amber Williams, and her husband, Jon, both Houston residents.

The suit claims Amber Williams was fired for insubordination in November 2010 after less than a month on the job, according to the Texas Lawyer story. Citysearch.com has removed the negative review, which read:

“I went to this attorney on the recommendation of a friend. He had used the father for a bankruptcy. I would be using the son to help with debt settlement. I found him to be condescending to my situation and cold in demeanor. If you are looking for a factory that turns out debt settlements then this attorney is for you. If you want someone to answer your questions and help you through a hard time in your life then find another firm!!!!!!!”

Texas Lawyer was unable to reach Amber and Jon Williams for comment.

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