Angry Towing Company Sues Student for $750k Over Facebook Page
From a legal perspective, T&J's case is already pretty strange, says Cooley Law professor Curt Benson. In most defamation cases, the offended party typically has its lawyers write a letter to the accused defamer, asking him or her to take back the commentary in question. The towing company, in this case, not only bypassed that formality, but even went so far as to name an exact monetary amount of damages owed, something that Benson says is highly unusual. Citing these irregularities, as well as the difficulty in proving that Kurtz actually lied, Benson speculates that the towing company is simply aiming to send "a message to the community, 'don't say anything negative against me because I'll file a lawsuit against you.' "
Suing a student for an absurd amount of money is definitely a good way to get your company's name in the paper. All Kurtz did was try to start a conversation. If T&J was really intent on changing its image, it would've joined the group itself, and used the medium to directly engage with their disgruntled customers. Crying foul and asking a college kid to pay, on the other hand, will only fan the flames of public discontent. [From: WoodTV8; via: TheConsumerist]