Yelp has a common practice of showing good reviews to paying advertisers and bad reviews for companies who choose not to advertise with Yelp.com. Many (including myself) have considered this extortion, which is defined as "the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats." The "threat" is negative reviews unless you pay us. It seems to line up exactly under the definition of extortion. If you didn't read it recently, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said what Yelp does is not considered extortion. The judge claimed that instead of extortion it's actually a "hard ball" negotiation tactic. I posted a full breakdown of the courts ruling and summarized the whole thing on my website if you'd like to take a read. My opinions are clearly evident. What do you think? Is it extortion or just strong arming small businesses?