Simorangkir v. Love

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

03/26/2009

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

California

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

$430,000.00
Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who works under the label "BoudoirQueen," sued celebrity Courtney Love in California state court over statementsmade on Twitter, on Love's MySpace blog, and on Simorangkir's feedback page on etsy.com,an online marketplace for... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Courtney Michelle Love

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Texas

Location of Party: 

  • California

Legal Counsel: 

Keith A. Fink, Olaf J. Muller - Keith A. Fink & Associates
Description

Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who works under the label "BoudoirQueen," sued celebrity Courtney Love in California state court over statementsmade on Twitter, on Love's MySpace blog, and on Simorangkir's feedback page on etsy.com,an online marketplace for independent designers. 

Simorangkir allegesthat, after a business dispute arose between the two parties, Love usedTwitter and other online platforms to publish "not only delusional accusations and lies, butthreats of harm."  Cmplt. ¶ 20.  The complaint includes claims for libel, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with economic advantage, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract.  Simorangkir claims that Love falsely accused her of lying, stealing, dealing drugs, assault, prostitution, and losing custody of her child, among other things.  Cmplt.¶ 24, 26.

Update:

5/5/2009 - Simorangkir filed an amended complaint, dropping one of the breach of contract claims and the claim for intentional inflictional of emotional distress.

8/19/2009 - Love filed a motion to strike under the California anti-SLAPP law.

10/26/2009 - The court denied Love's motion to strike.  The judge found that the subject matter of the Twitter post was not about a matter of public concern and that Simorangkir had shone a probability of proving her defamation case.

3/3/2011 - The Hollywood Reporter reports that case settled for $430,000, plus interest. 

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog
Micro-blog
Website

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • SLAPP
  • User Comments or Submissions
  • Twitter
  • Social Media
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • California

Source of Law: 

  • California

Court Name: 

Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

BC410593

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