Horizon Group v. Bonnen

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

07/20/2009

Status: 

Pending

Location: 

Illinois

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Horizon Realty Group, an apartment leasing and management company in Chicago, filed a defamation lawsuit last week against a former tenant, Amanda Bonnen, over a tweet she posted about the company on Twitter.  According to the ... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Amanda Bonnen

Type of Party: 

Organization

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Illinois

Location of Party: 

  • Illinois

Legal Counsel: 

Richard C. Balough-Balough Law Offices LLC; Leslie Ann Reis - Center for Information Technology & Privacy Law
Description

Horizon Realty Group, an apartment leasing and management company in Chicago, filed a defamation lawsuit last week against a former tenant, Amanda Bonnen, over a tweet she posted about the company on Twitter.  According to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Bonnen posted the following tweet on May 12, 2009: 

@JessB123 You should just come anyway. Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you?  Horizon realty thinks it's ok.

According to Chicago Bar-Tender, Bonnen had just 20 followers before her account disappeared from Twitter.  Nevertheless, Horizon claims that, as a result of the post, the company "has been greatly injured in its reputation as a landlord in Chicago."

Update:

1/20/09 - The court dismissed the complaint with prejudice, according to press accounts

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Micro-blog

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Real Estate
  • Twitter
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Illinois

Source of Law: 

  • Illinois

Court Name: 

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Law Division

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

2009L008675

Relevant Documents: 

CMLP Information (Private)

Priority: 

1-High

CMLP Notes: 

AVM 7/27/09 the twitter account has been taken down but is attached to complaint