Stop complaining, stop shouting and take some pills for that blood pressure before that big red head of yours explodes. This is a non story, but is an interesting and cautionary tale about publishing things online.
The two sites above are painting T&J Towing as being some evil company because it is attempting to protect it’s reputation and is suing the student for defamation of character, libel and loss of business to the sweet tune of $750,000.
T&J Towing of Kalamazoo, MI wants to send a message to anyone in the town who feels like complaining about the company online. They’ve filed a $750,000 defamation lawsuit against a Western Michigan University student for starting a Facebook page about them.
They are also, allowing the student to sound as if he has done nothing wrong by posting the following quote:
“It’s not like I was making untrue claims or anything,” he said. “It’s not like I had control over anything that everyone had posted the whole time. I told everyone to be professional, don’t post any threats. Just tell your story and that’s what pretty much everyone did.”
Nobody, is talking about the real truth of this matter, which the Inquisitor mentioned in their post, as being posted under the “info” tab of the Facebook page (while still not bringing attention to the importance of this quote).
It is my firm belief that my car was recently “broken into” but all that was stolen was my arboretums parking pass. This was an act by T&J so that they could charge me $120 to get my car out of impound. Please invite your friends to get justice against T&J!!!
It’s not about what other people posted, it’s about what Kurtz posted in the info tab. A place where only he (or a page administrator) can post.
That quote alone is basis for a defamation lawsuit. It is accusing T&J of a criminal act, without basis or proof. If I, or you to were make similar claims without proof against any person or company on our blogs, then we could and probably should also be sued for simply being grossly negligent and making unsubstantiated claims that charge others with criminal behavior.
So, all of you who were rooting for the student, starting your “RA RA” chants, painting placards and getting t-shirts with crappy slogans printed on them. Back off, back down and think.
I am not a lawyer, but regardless of T&J’s actual business practices, which neither you nor I have proof of, I would think that what Justin Kurtz wrote in the info tab of the Facebook page is perfect grounds for a lawsuit.