Sorry for not posting of the Charlie Nessons presentation. This follow up to one of my first ever blog posts seemed more important: Ravintola Lehtovaara. My first post was in "food and drink" category now it has to move to "Law".
I received a threat letter from a law firm. They are demanding me
to take down my letter that is criticizing Ravintola Lehtovaara. I
guess the fact that my letter is second in a Google search
right after restaurants own page could make a difference.
I sent them the letter after we received really bad service. My letter is really objective and it is just pointing the difficulties the waiters had during our dinner. Seemed that Lehtovaara that is normally considered to be a good restaurant had a really bad day. The service was just unacceptably bad: (food was cold, we had to beg for water, the waiter started arguing about a wine bottle gone bad, wrong food, slow and unprofessional service. You get the picture). They never replied to it. So i put it on line and blogged it. One and a half years after our night in Lehtovaara i got a threatening email.
The legal threat letter was sent by a member of Finnish BAR Antero Molander who also owns the restaurant. The letter is demanding 5000 euros per month for the damages to the restaurant. It all adds to well over 80.000 euros plus interest. The best part of the letter is: "because you don't work in the restaurant business, you can't simply understand the damages." They don't question the facts in my letter. Threat letter just says that I should pay the damages the restaurant has suffered. What what WHAT! Even the first year law student understands that this sort of criticism based on true facts cant lead to damages. Think about a legal system where restaurants could sue journalist that write crushing review of a restaurant...
Threats don't stop here. The letter also says that the chef will also demand damages later on. The best thing.. I never critisised the food. Just the service :)
Wait there is still more! They will start the criminal investigation against me if I don't take down the letter.
They apparently hadn't done any background checks. I have taught law and technology in several universities, I am a founding member of one of the biggest cyber rights organization in Europe and have defended publicly digital freedom of expression. Do they really think that they have a winning strategy? I am sure that many people would have rushed to take down the content. Not me. I will see their bluff.
Lehtovaara bring it on!
Update: I posted the letter here.