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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shady Company Sues Tweeter

Horizon Group Management out of Chicago is suing a former tenant for a Twitter message ("tweet") in which they say she defamed their company:

Back in May, Amanda Bonnen tweeted, "Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon really thinks it's okay." 

Horizon Group Management insists they never spoke with Ms. Bonnen concerning a mold problem in her unit because there was nothing about which to speak. "The statements are obviously false," a representative for the company told the press. According to Horizon Group Management, Ms. Bonnen's apartment was not moldy and no mold was found after she vacated the apartment. They did not say whether or not Amanda Bonnen left because of a mold issue, real or otherwise.

Horizon Group Management then admits that Amanda Bonnen's apartment was one of several which experienced a roof leak overnight in late March, 2009 -- when she sent the tweet. Horizon Group Management also admitted they never spoke with the former tenant regarding the leak, her claims of mold, or taking down the tweet they say is defamatory.

We're a 'sue first, ask questions later' kind of organization
- Horizon Group Management

Horizon Group Management is suing for $50,000, claiming Ms. Bonnen's tweet injured the company's reputation by her tweet, which was sent to a mere 20 people. Horizon Group Management says the tweet was "published throughout the world." Her Twitter account has since been deleted.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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