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La Mirada Restaurant Owner of El Tepeyac Sues Former Employee Over Yelp Remarks


According to the suit, the former employee began a “calculated scheme to destroy” the La Mirada location with such posts as “This place sucks, do not even go there,” “The food is disgusting and cold” and “Do not waste your time or money.”

The owner and operator of a popular Mexican restaurant in La Mirada is suing a man who allegedly defamed him on Yelp by falsely stating the eatery serves “horrible” food, that management is “nuts” and that the business is not affiliated with the original Los Angeles location.

Former Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke filed the suit Tuesday in Norwalk Superior Court against Jairo Castillo, alleging defamation, trade disparagement and interference with prospective economic advantage and contractual relationships. Beilke seeks at least $1 million in compensatory damages, plus unspecified punitive damages.

El Tepeyac supported the La MIrada Lamplighter for many weeks after its initial opening.

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