(CNN) – The son of a Quincy jewelry store owner has been ordered to pay nearly $34,500, after posting a fake Yelp review on a competitor’s page.
Stephen Blumberg, owner of Stephen Leigh Jewelers, said, “No one should have to go through this, young children, adults, elderly, anyone.”
Blumberg sued Adam Jacobs, an employee at nearby Toodies Fine Jewelry, claiming he posted false information on the business review website in August of 2013, bashing his store, and telling people to “go elsewhere.” “He told the people we were thieves, that we were cold blooded thieves. I’ve never been convicted of anything in my life.”
Last month, a jury agreed with Blumberg that the Yelp post caused “emotional distress” and ordered Jacobs to pay him $34,500.
Blumberg said the post was up for several month and he was able to track down Jacobs by looking at his other yelp posts. “I talked to owners of business he had been too and after getting confirmation by two or three or four people that is the person that belongs to Adam J., Adam Jacobs I knew.”
Adam wasn’t at Toodies on Thursday, and the store’s owner, Adam’s dad, wouldn’t go on camera because they’re still fighting the decision, but said he is glad the jury didn’t find his jewelry store responsible of any wrongdoing.
His lawyer Allan Levin said, “We are disappointed and disagree with the decision involving Adam. Regardless of the verdict. However, we believe that the damages awarded were not based on any facts, but were entirely speculative.”
Levin added that they may appeal the jury’s decision.