Craig LaBan’s anonymity threatened

Most people think that the Philadelphia Weekly only covers the news on Wednesdays, but when there are goings on to be covered, the PW staff will often release special articles on their website. This morning a web exclusive article by Steve Volk appeared in my RSS reader, covering LaBan’s continuing ordeal.

LaBan stands to lose his anonymity, because he has been ordered to give a deposition in the lawsuit against him. He is being sued by Chops, a restaurant located in the Philly suburbs, because they claim he libeled them when he called their strip steak tough. They are saying that he did not have the strip steak and so misrepresented the restaurant’s offerings in the review.

That deposition, which was videotaped in early June, will become part of the public record if the case goes to trial, and LaBan’s identity will then be exposed. That would make it really hard for him to do his job effectively, as he wouldn’t be able to go to a restaurant without being given special treatment, and so he wouldn’t be able to review the experience that the average person would have at that establishment.

What do you out there in reader land think about this?

Craig LaBan Unmasked? [Philadelphia Weekly]

1 Comment so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    Sounds like Craig’s career is at steak.

    Ok, lame joke, but seriously, if he indeed failed to order the strip steak and then wrote negatively about it… then how can we trust his opinions on other restaurants he visits? I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say that doing this is libel, when celebs get destroyed in supermarket tabloids everyday, but what do I know?

    If his identity is revealed, then it would definitely be time for a new career. Let’s see how things pan out…



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