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“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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Renee Howdeshell

Renee Howdeshell is a founding member of Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting, finance and economic consulting firm that performs damage analyses for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, royalty & distribution audits, financial investigations, and business valuations. Ms. Howdeshell holds a degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has testified as an expert witness in federal court, CA state court and arbitration regarding the results of her work. She can be reached at (213) 787-4112 and her resume is available at www.fulcrum.com.

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