Press: Pancakes Are Put on Trial

A jury decides that a review can be libelous

For Michael Chow, proprietor of Mr. Chow's Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, the key questions facing the jury were purely factual ones. Was Guide Gault-Millau correct in asserting that the pancakes served with his Peking duck were "the size of a saucer and the thickness of a finger"? Was it true that his "sweet-and-sour pork contained more dough (badly cooked) than meat," as the pugnacious Parisian guide to New York City proclaimed? To prove otherwise, Chow brought his chef into Manhattan federal district court to demonstrate to the jury his technique for making paper-thin...

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