Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Chicago Twitterer Sued Over Real Estate Tweet

Chicago, Chicago, that twittering townOn May 12th, Chicago resident Amanda Bonnen mentioned on her Twitter account that her apartment was moldy. Yesterday, Horizon Group Management, from whom she rents the apartment, filed a lawsuit against Bonnen, seeking judgement "in the amount in excess of $50,000" for the damaged sustained to its reputation as a landlord in Chicago. Bonnen, who has subsequently deleted her account, had 20 followers. I'm no expert, but I have to imagine a good number more than twenty people might now associate Horizon Group Management with moldy apartments because of this lawsuit.

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Brilliant move on the Management companies part. Now everyone associates them as frivolously litigious AND moldy, when they could have used the opportunity to publicly respond and address the complaint.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Let me state, as a matter of pure, unadulterated opinion about a now-public figure–by virtue of his legal handiwork being published in the press–

The lawyer who filed this thing couldn't sustain a mold colony between his ears.

Of course, that's merely an OPINION.

It's also a COMPLIMENT.

atipofthehat (#797)

Also, it ain't libel if it's really moldy, right?

Don't they also have to prove how her tweet damaged their business?

Bonnen is in real trouble here.

Bret A. Rappaport, representing the management company, was instrumental in the landmark decision in Horizon Realty Group LLC v. Dr. Clement Okon c/o Prince of Nigeria.

ugarte (#484)

Impressively, Rappaport was able to recover the inheritance left by Horizon Realty Group's cousin, Dr. Christian Innocent Horizonrealtygroup.

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These excellent questions were posted by a commenter on another-blog-which-shall-not-be-named.

OutragedPublic (#1,260)

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