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Horizon Group Management, LLC, one of Chicago’s “premier apartment leasing and management companies,” has sued a former tenant, Amanda Bobben, for libel over a tweet she posted on her public twitter feed.

The tweet read:

You should just come anyway. Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it’s okay.

According to A.V. Chicago, Bonner had 20 followers on Twitter before her account disappeared, and her tweet was an @ reply so theoretically not many people were going to see it.  Apparently, Bonner’s Twitter account and Facebook pages appear to have since been shut down.

The reasoning behind filing this suit escapes me.  By filing suit claiming that Bonnen “maliciously and wrongfully published the false and defamatory tweet on Twitter, thereby allowing the tweet to be distributed throughout the world” Horizon insured that the allegedly false allegations, originally seen by only a few, would be republished again and again long after Bonner’s tweet vanished into the ether.

To read the complaint, click here. The suit was filed by Chicago attorney Bret Rappaport of Hardt, Stern & Kane, P.C.


Joel B. Rothman represents clients in intellectual property infringement litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, defamation, trade libel, unfair competition, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and commercial matters. Joel’s litigation practice also includes significant focus on electronic discovery issues such as e-discovery management and motion practice relating to e-discovery.