Not everyone gets to live in paradise. Some people have to live in Chicago. Living in Chicago isn't cheap, so if your apartment sucks you probably need to vent about it. And sometimes you need to vent 140 characters at a time.
Amanda Bonnen needed to vent her frustration that her landlord, Horizon Group Management, didn't seem to care about the mold in her apartment. The 20 followers on her twitter account saw Ms. Bonnen tweet "… Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment is bad for you? Horizon realty thinks its okay."
Then Horizon Group sued her for libel.
There are signs that Hardt Stern & Kayne are not experienced libel practitioners, chiefly that they allege that Bonnen's statement was "liable [sic] per se," but also that their website notes that they typically represent "automobile dealers and real estate developers". I wonder, when Horizon Realty Group turned to Hardt Stern for "cost effective, logical, creative and commonsense litigation services," if they expected to be counseled to brew up a massive shitstorm that resulted in the whole country – instead of Bonner's 20 followers – knowing that they had a moldy apartment and an indifferent management company. The long list of fields in which Bret Rappaport claims expertise does not include libel law, nor does it apparently include damage control. Perhaps he should stick to wildflowers.
Since being sued, Bonner has closed her twitter account, a chirpy chronicle of a happy-go-lucky girl for whom things keep going wrong (See the suit here: Twitter lawsuit Horizon Group Realty v Amanda Bonner). On May 4, she tweeted "abonner Isn't into this whole legal process thing". She had no idea.
Via The Awl
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