“Dirtiest Hotel in America” Loses Again

The owner of a Tennessee hotel named at the top of TripAdvisor’s 2011 list of America’s dirtiest hotels has lost its bid to sue the website for defamation.  A federal appeals court agreed with the 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips’ determination that users would not reasonably conclude that the resort was literally “America’s dirtiest hotel” and that website operators are not liable for these types of reader-generated reviews.

The resort had asked for $10 million in damages.  It has since been sold.

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