It's the kind of day that has the Cod checking the color of his parachute. One job I would be good at is being a social media consultant for (allegedly) douchey chefs. Here is my advice: "If an anonymous blogger calls you a scumbag, don't sue him and make the allegation into news." (Chefs -- if you are reading this, look for an invoice 7-10 days after someone calls you a scumbag and you choose not to sue them.)
Based on this situation in Philly, I might add "hire a lawyer who understands libel law when you file a libel suit." The attorney representing the alleged scumbag:
"These kids don’t seem to understand there is a real difference between being a professional journalist working within the bounds of the law and being an uninformed, immature anonymous typist," says Cohen, who is refered to as "a douche," on Staph Meal since engaging in legal threats with the blogger.
The Cod is not a lawyer, but if being an uninformed, immature or even anonymous typist prevents you from being a professional journalist, then the newsrooms of America would be even emptier than they are. More seriously, the distinction the lawyer draws points to a problem w/ all media, but esp w/ food, (and maybe sports). The pros are the ones with the access, and can be trusted to play by the rules, and say nice things almost all the time. The "anonymous typists" tend to be on the outside, and say what's on their minds, b/c why the fuck not?
Like I said, a mistake to bring the suit in the first place, and a bigger mistake to hire a lawyer who implies that cozy relationships w/ big name chefs are a prerequisite for being a real food writer.
Welcome thoughts anon or non, from lawyers on the merits of the case.