Critical Tweet Draws $50,000 Lawsuit
Horizon Group Management has filed a $50,000 libel case against a former resident who claims she endured a moldy apartment on her twitter page, which she recently took down. The resident, Amanda Bonnen, lived at 4242 N. Sheridan in Chicago, only one of the more than 1,500 apartments owned by the Horizon Group. The company discovered her twitter page that had only 20 followers and claims her tweet was “maliciously and wrongfully.”
Instead of contacting the owner to discuss her complaint, or perhaps fixing the problem, the management group thought legal action would be the best solution. The understandable publicity is anything but positive and if you google the company, almost all results discuss the rather frivolous nature of this lawsuit. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, a company spokesman discusses the need to sue,
Jeffrey Michael, whose family has run Horizon for more than 25 years, said: “The statements are obviously false, and it’s our intention to prove that.”
He said that while she moved out recently, the company never had a conversation about the post and never asked her to take it down.
“We’re a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization,” he said, noting that the company manages 1,500 apartments in Chicago and has a good reputation it wants to preserve.