The U.S. House of Representatives took a major step Monday to bar such punitive actions by businesses. The House approved in a voice vote, indicating bipartisan support, the Consumer Review Fairness Act. The bill would prohibit businesses from issuing standard contracts to customers barring them from writing derogatory reviews, including publishing what the businesses might consider to be disparaging photos. The House bill would have to be reconciled with the previously adopted and very similar U.S. Senate version before being sent to the President for his signature, In recent years, businesses have increasingly resorted to such punitive contracts, although such practices are not the norm when a guest stays at a hotel, for example. Get the full story at Skift