A bunch of folks have sent in variations on this story of the guy who runs an online "reputation management" company and is very publicly threatening to sue travel review site TripAdvisor
under the legal theory of "group defamation." No lawsuit has actually been filed, and any such lawsuit would be a total dead end and waste of time and money for the "reputation management" firm. That's because TripAdvisor is a US company, and thus it is clearly protected from defamation lawsuits on the content written by its users by Section 230. And while this reputation management firm is in the UK, thanks to the US's new libel tourism law
, any judgment in the UK would be unenforceable.
In other words, the legal threats are completely bogus. Having read through the various articles covering it, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is really just a PR campaign for the "reputation management" company, who I won't even bother to name, as it doesn't deserve any additional press coverage for threatening such a useless lawsuit.