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I heard this today and thought I would ask you guys what you think. We have all said negative things about products, etc

Think we have anything to be concerned about


CHICAGO, July 28, 2009

Chicago Co. Sues for Defamation by Tweet

Property Management Group Sues Former Tenant for $50,000 over Comment about Moldy Apartment

A Chicago apartment management company has sued a former tenant for defaming it in a Twitter posting, saying, "Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's OK." (AP Graphics Bank)

(AP) A Chicago apartment management company is suing a former tenant over a Tweet.

Horizon Group Management LLC filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming Amanda Bonnen of Chicago defamed the company in a May message on Twitter.

The microblogging service lets account holders give status updates in 140 characters or less.

Horizon attorney Jeff Michael says that on May 12, Bonnen messaged another accountholder: "Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's OK."

The lawsuit, which seeks $50,000, claims that because Bonnen's Twitter account was public, her comment was published "throughout the world."

Telephone calls to Bonnen and her attorneys were not immediately returned. Her Twitter account has been deactivated

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If she didn't take photographs of the damage then I'd say she might be facing some trouble in court. If you claim there's mold in a house or apartment, get ready to PROVE IT. A picture is worth 1,000 words and 1,000 words is worth a picture. :lol: (also, lab test results are good evidence too)

If she can prove there was mold in the apartment, then she can even counter-sue for her damages.

Most modern construction will have mold, which is why insurance companies no longer insure for mold damage.

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Where did the $50,000 figure come from. I see no allegation of damages to justify it. Also, Bonnen is entitled to her opinion. I say the case is thrown out of court.

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