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Pet service says former employee used Craigslist, Yelp to defame it

A pet care service company says a former employee used Craigslist and Yelp to post defamatory ads and reviews about it.

Urban Out Sitters says that in August 2009 it hired defendant Christopher Pesch and he signed their Employment Agreement, which contains a non-disparagement clause, but he was terminated shortly thereafter.  The complaint states that Pesch then willfully and maliciously posted defamatory classifieds on Craigslist and reviews on Yelp "insinuating that Plaintiff 'beat and hit dogs' and that Plaintiff's past clients 'had experiences that traumatized their pets'".

The complaint also states that Pesch contacted Urban Out Sitters' clients with the intent to cause them to abandon Urban Out Sitters and that the plaintiff has lost current and prospective clients.

Urban Out Sitters asserts claims for defamation, tortious interference with a prospective business advantage and breach of employment agreement.

Read the complaint after the jump.

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