In our ever litigious society, I just read an article discussing a disturbing trend of reviewed establishments suing the negative reviewers. Below is an example from a doctor review website. Does anybody know of similar issues in Tripadvisor? If TA contributors can not be honest for fear of litigation, this would obviously marginalize the site's utility.
e.g 1. Doctors win $12 million award. Sherry Petta had cosmetic surgery at an Arizona facility. Afterwards, she had trouble healing and launched a website to complain about the medical treatment. A judge ordered her to take the website down. She then posted negative comments on various websites. She made accusations that two doctors falsified medical records, tampered with evidence, abused narcotics, were unlicensed and used unauthorized products.
In 2008, the physicians sued for defamation, claiming the accusations caused their practice harm and resulted in financial losses. In January 2012, a jury awarded them $12 million. (Desert Palm Surgical Group PLC et al v. Petta, Maricopa County Sup. Ct., CV2008-010464)