Case Seaton V. Tripadvisor, Llc,

Lawsuit & Review Against: 3:11-cv-549 (phillips)

State of Filing: TN

County of Filing: Sumner

Case Type: Civil Claim

Case Number: TripAdvisor, LLC

Is Case Pending Filing: No

Date Filed/pending: 08/22/2012

Reason of the Suit: USA: defamation lawsuit against TripAdvisor dismissed. provides information on various hotels, resorts and restaurants worldwide. Visitors to TripAdvisor's website can review these businesses by responding to surveys or post comments about their personal experiences. Based on these reviews, TripAdvisor compiles and publishes rankings, categorizing the businesses listed. In 2011 a ranking of "dirtiest hotels" identified the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, as the "dirtiest hotel in America". The propietor of the Grand Resort sued TripAdvisor for defamation and false light, arguing that TripAdvisor’s statements were likely to significantly damage his business.

Final or Pending Case Results: Lost Case/Dismissed

Posters Final Review on Business or Case Disposition: Judgement of Aug. 22, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee recently granted TripAdvisor's Motion to Dismiss the defamation lawsuit and held that a reasonable person would view TripAdvisor’s "dirtiest hotels" list as merely hyperbolic opinion or rhetorical exaggeration. Reasonable consumers would distinguish between the inherently subjective rankings and objectively verifiable facts

By Josh Alberts, March 21, 2014


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