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A situation went from bad to worse for 20-year-old student Lan Cai after a drunk driver hit her car this summer, breaking two bones in her back. That's because the law firm she hired to help her sort out insurance and damages, Tuan A. Khuu & Associates, turned out not to have a clue what they were doing.

She described the lawyers' unprofessional, unhelpful, and bizarre behavior—including entering her bedroom while she was asleep in her underwear—in a June 30 post on Facebook, and additionally took to Yelp to air grievances.

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But the lawyers evidently couldn't stand having that negative feedback out there for any potential customers to read, so they started threatening Cai.

"It has come to my attention that you have posted some dispariging [sic] words on your Facebook account," wrote Tuan A. Khuu attorney Keith Nguyen in an email to Cai, according to the Houston Press. "If you do not remove the post from Facebook and any other social media sites, my office will have no choice but to file suit.” Cai didn't budge and deleted nothing she'd written, so Nguyen did indeed file suit for libel, seeking anywhere from $100,000 and $200,000 in the case—and this from a "waitress working six days a week to pay her way through nursing school at Houston Community College."

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Luckily, justice prevailed: Cai's new lawyer, Michael Fleming, took her case pro bono, arguing that her reviews were both true and not all that different from other existing reviews of the law firm. A judge threw the suit out altogether and ordered Khuu & Associates to pay $26,831.55 in attorneys' fees.

The best part, though? Now people who had never even heard of these free-speech-hating lawyers before Cai's story got out are bombarding their Yelp page with one-star takedowns. Think they've learned their lesson yet?

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It's OK—I'm sure they'll still get plenty of clients who never use the internet.

Sources: Ars Technica