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Coming fast one of the most popular ways to communicate in the high tech -- twittering I tweaked.
Com but you better.
Watch out what you tweak one Chicago woman is finding out the hard way she set a -- complaining about her landlord back in May here's what between -- -- quote.
Who said -- sleeping in a -- apartment is bad for you horizon realty thinks it's OK.
Now for that one complaint the building's management.
Has slapped her with a 50000 dollar lawsuit the company alleges her statement hurts the company's reputation Jennifer's matters joins us a defense attorney.
And John Q Kelly who is a former prosecutor good to see above them.
All right let's start we've definitions.
And let's put up on the screen that definition of defamation I -- this one up myself.
Because it changes from place to place.
False statement of fact communicated to a third party or parties which damages the good name or reputation all of the -- it.
And there are two defenses -- you vote no one is truth if you tell the truth it's not a problem the other is if you're just offering an opinion again not definite.
The question is what's the difference between opinion and asserting a fact in here is the key will put that up on the screen.
If this statement contains an assertion of objective fact which can be proven to be faults it's not opinion you can be sued.
For defamation so John Q is this opinion.
Or fact which would be actionable.
Well but I think it's probably factor in -- tests that can tell you whether there's more -- -- place -- not in that test was conducted it there was either.
The presence of the mold at the time she made the statement or there wasn't -- -- so.
It's a provable issue whether there was I'm older now.
Jennifer what if she's saying in that tweet that I believe.
That the -- Isn't that opinion which is protected speech.
Opinion it's actually preposterous to say that that says.
A public statement that was -- this company.
If anything this company went above and beyond and did it themselves she made a simple -- my understanding is that she had.
Twenty followers at the time that this was done.
And to hurt when he friends that we're following her it was it was brought kids over the that -- great job and it's it's yeah they run with that John.
What does she can prove the truth of the matter stated that there was -- -- that she put the realty company on notice they did nothing about it.
Isn't she simply stating a fact.
Sure -- -- said earlier it's unprovable assertion Greg let me tell you most bone headed part of -- this whole thing.
When asked about what they try to resolve this with the lawsuit made the public statement.
We -- first -- ask questions later her now talked about hurting your reputation what tenant is going -- -- rent an apartment from these.
Building management people that made it very clear they like to sue people not try to work.
And Jennifer I mean a lot you've got to have a good name or reputation to begin with.
In order to be damaged what -- -- that pathetic improve.
The company and nobody likes and nobody thinks you're any good they have a bad reputation no damages right.
Well and that only death situation but you're looking at here what is what does the company done to help move the salon.
They lit up by -- here they -- the few -- and now I think the backlash on them.
Is is ridiculous and if they went up but -- they were flipped it in that conflict -- -- just like John said.
That's statement that they made how would they be investigate after they -- is ridiculously -- -- and to have an attitude like that is really coming to -- them now.
The other defense is an insult I think this was an insult and insults are generally not defamatory in most courts in America so we'll wait and see John Q -- -- matters.
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