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Amazon Sueing Fake Reviewers for Breach of Contract

Amazon issued a complaint targeting 1,114 defendants, currently named as "John Does," who allegedly advertised their fake review services on the freelance job marketplace Fiverr.com. The complaint, issued in King County Superior Court on Thursday Oct. 15, accuses the reviewers of breach of contract for violating Amazon's "Conditions of Use," as well as violating the Washington State Consumer Protection Act. They say their brand reputation is being damaged by "false, misleading and inauthentic" reviews paid for by sellers seeking to improve the appeal of their products. Amazon lawyers say the state law violations entitle them to collect treble damages and attorneys' fees. They are asking the court to order the individuals to stop posting jobs selling Amazon reviews, and provide information about their client list, including who paid them and which reviews they wrote. This is  not the first time  that Amazon has taken legal action against fake reviews: back in April, it sued a number of websites that offered fake five-star reviews.

You can read more about the case here, and read Amazon’s official complaint here.

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