Ed Driscoll

KIND OF LIKE SHOUTING FIRE

KIND OF LIKE SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER: Francis J. “Frank” Flynn, an assistant professor in Columbia University’s business school, sent letters out to 240 restaurants claiming that he and his wife were served a dinner that made him violently ill. Flynn was conducting a study on how businesses respond to complaints.

A court has ruled that the restaurant owners who received the letter can sue the Columbia Professor–and Columbia University itself.