Doudet could appeal the decision but has decided not to
because she did “not want to relive weeks of anguish,”
according to the BBC.
There are two contexts in which this story can be analyzed: 1) the
futility of trying to use the courts to attack or quash negative
reviews and 2) European courts’ increasingly bold attempts to
blunt the impact of or censor specific search results that are
perceived to cause harm (whether or not the information at issue
is truthful or factual).
On the first point the restaurant has gained much more unwanted
attention for itself through the action and subsequent coverage.
I wouldn’t be surprised now if it went out of business. However,
the food and service appear to be mediocre; so perhaps it’s
To my American ears, this sounds absolutely crazy.