Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it illegal for companies to put “gag clauses” in their contracts that block or penalize customers for posting negative online reviews. It’s expected to move through the Senate soon.
This bill is a reaction to several lawsuits that have popped recently from companies trying to penalize their customers who speak poorly about them online. For example, KlearGear.com once sued a customer for $3,500 because she wrote a negative review online.
Now that the bill has passed the House, it goes to the Senate. Fortunately, the Senate already passed a version of the same bill last year, so all that’s left is hammering out the details to combine the two versions (because passing laws is weird) and then send it along to the President to sign. As we’ve mentioned before, if you want to keep up with a particular law or see how your representatives are voting on it, you can use 4US to keep track of it.