Man Says Hometown Smells Like 'Rancid Dog Food,' Gets Sued

Josh Harms wins free-speech lawsuit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2018 7:55 PM CDT
Iowa Man Wins Lawsuit Over Calling His Hometown Stinky
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An Iowa man threatened by city officials with legal action for saying on a website that his hometown smelled like "rancid dog food" has won a free-speech lawsuit, the AP reports. Josh Harms, represented by the ACLU of Iowa, filed suit in US District Court earlier this month asking a judge to block Sibley officials from suing him. City officials said they'd sue if he didn't stop criticizing the odor problem from an animal food processing plant and talking with reporters about it.

On Thursday a judge approved a permanent injunction prohibiting city threats. The city agrees to pay Harms $6,500 in damages and $20,000 in legal fees. The city promises to hold First Amendment training and will not prevent Harms from launching a website under the address

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