This was hardly a SLAPP suit, as some here might suggest. And it was not David vs. Goliath.
Clearly this was a case of someone systematically spreading untrue statements without any reasonable basis. Those statements were made against officers of VMS, people who have reputations that ought not be attacked without basis.
No lawsuits have been filed against any of these posters as of today. VMS looks as though they were simply doing the legwork that might lead to a lawsuit. Looks like someone knew full bloody well that their comments were offside and they did the only reasonable thing they could to mitigate the damage they did.
Nobody should have to have their character assassinated simply because they are public figures unless there is a truthful basis for that.