Pro bono lawyers don’t normally want payment for their services. Yet the volunteer defense attorneys who recently convinced a Dallas judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a pet-sitting company over a bad Yelp review say they deserve to be awarded $166,000 in attorney fees for their efforts, and they want to tag the plaintiff with an additional $200,000 in sanctions for good measure.

On Aug. 30, 160th District Judge Jim Jordan dismissed libel and nondisparagement clause claims filed by Prestigious Pets, a pet-sitting company that alleged it had been defamed by a one-star Yelp review posted by a Plano couple that complained the company neglected their pet fish.

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