Timmy Chan's Sues Facebook, Go Daddy and Houston Hip Hop News Over "Rat Fetus" Photo

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Photo by Chase Steely
Timmy Chan's suffers no fools.
According to a lawsuit filed on April 25, Houston restaurant chain Timmy Chan's lost 80 percent of its business after a photo of a rat fetus in a dish of fried rice was posted to Houston Hip Hop News's Facebook page.

Although Houston Hip Hop News claimed that the rat was found in a Timmy Chan's order, a cursory Internet search revealed that the photo had been circulating across the Internet for years. Each time it popped up, it was attributed to some poor Chinese restaurant in some random city.

As a result, Timmy Chan's is now suing Houston Hip Hop News -- but the lawsuit doesn't stop there. It also names Facebook and Houston Hip Hop News's website domain provider, Go Daddy, as co-defendants in the case.

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Houston Hip Hop News still has the photo in question posted on its Facebook page.
In a rather hilarious cease and desist letter sent on April 17, Timmy Chan's attorney, J. Robert Brown, addresses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg directly.

"Dear Mr. Zuckerberg," the letter begins. "The purpose of this letter is to inform you of certain libelous statements posted through your service on Facebook by Houston Hip Hop News, and to demand that Facebook immediately cease and desist from this libelous conduct by de-hosting Houston Hip Hop News, withdrawing its Facebook page and barring the owners of Houston Hip Hop News from any future account with your company."

Those demands were clearly not met, as not only does Houston Hip Hop News still maintain a Facebook page -- the Timmy Chan's rat fetus photo was still posted to its page as of Monday, April 29, among other photos including a cartoon of Homer Simpson with bloodshot eyes that is captioned "High as Fuck."

The caption on the rat fetus photo remains the same as when it was initially posed on April 15: "A rat was found in a customer food at Timmy Chan on M.L.K Reported by: www.HoustonHipHopNews.com."

The main Web site for Houston Hip Hop News has been taken down by Go Daddy after a similar cease and desist letter was sent to the domain provider by Timmy Chan's. Dennis L. Richardson, owner of Houston Hip Hop News and co-defendant in the lawsuit, replied on Facebook:

If you tired to go to our website you will see it gives you this page due to haters trying to take www.HoustonHipHopNews.com out the game cause we are so powerful with a big following, but we can't be stopped GoDaddy.com will get back at us with more info by Monday.. P.S HATERS this just making us about to "Turn UP" even more our city can't be stopped! #HTOWN

Richardson later posted: "If GOD with us who could be against us.... #OnlyFools"

Only fools, and Timmy Chan's.



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21 comments
Ray Hadfield
Ray Hadfield

Amazing how Hip Hop News is angry when the shoe is on the other foot...

Mark Markovich
Mark Markovich

I think I will go show my solidarity with Timmy Chan's by ordering & consuming some of their fried rice.

Jay Tovar
Jay Tovar

"FB? Why you no get F A? You bring shame!" - Timmy Chan

Laurie Curtis
Laurie Curtis

Idk about suing facebook and go daddy. but I do hope they win the suit against Houston Hip Hop News. Damn shame there's "news sources" that are that unabashedly libelous and illiterate...

joeyboots
joeyboots

If I were the English Language, I would sue Dennis L. Richardson from Houston Hip Hop News for abusing me.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

We are Houston Hip Hop News.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Richardson's post should be "exhibit A" on "why you should stay in school, kids!"

neilquan
neilquan

A site claiming to be a news source certainly needs to be sued in an instance like this. Even when they realized the story was erroneous, they leave the "story" up and do not post a retraction and apology? Further they seem even unapologetic about the whole matter. Shameful.

aliberaltexan
aliberaltexan

Way to go Timmy Chan's.  I hope you win a huge settlement.

Anse
Anse

I hope Timmy Chan's wins the lawsuit. Something has to be done about internet trolling like this. 

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@neilquan Plus they're claiming that they themselves are reporting it. They didn't even hedge by saying, "Somebody sent this to us and said they got it at Timmy Chan's. We have not verified the authenticity" yada yada

Rudesheim
Rudesheim

@aliberaltexan Judging from the illiterate response and the origninal posting from HipHopNews, I don't think that's where the money is.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

@neilquan Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the concept of satire...or Internet lore. :)

neilquan
neilquan

Poe's law, named after its author Nathan Poe, is an Internet adage reflecting the idea that without a clear indication of the author's intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.

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