Landlord Sues Tenant Over Derogatory Tweet

Chicago firm claims libel after resident posts mold complaint

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2009 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Twitter enthusiasts may want to watch what they write—a Chicago landlord has sued a tenant for libel after she posted a Tweet complaining about her apartment, the Tribune reports. “Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it’s okay,” Amanda Bonnen posted in May. Now Horizon is asking for $50,000 in damages.

“The statements in the Tweet concerning Plaintiff were and are wholly false. By reason of the publication of them, Plaintiff has been greatly injured in its reputation as a landlord in Chicago,” Horizon’s lawsuit reads. The suit does not specify the “great injury”—which may be difficult, given that Bonnen boasted just 17 followers.

Amanda Bonnen faces a libel suit after complaining about mold in her apartment.   (Wikimedia Commons)
In this photograph illustration a member of the social networking site Twitter follows the twitterings of friends during a work break on July 2, 2009 in Manchester, England.   (Getty Images)
Amanda Bonnen faces a libel suit after complaining about mold in her apartment.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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