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Report: MI towing co. files $750k lawsuit against student over Facebook page [w/video]

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Report: MI towing co. files $750k lawsuit against student over Facebook page [w/video]

Where does reporting the facts end and libel begin? That's what a court in Michigan will probably be deciding when it takes on the case of T&J Towing vs. Justin Kurtz. According to WoodTV.com, Back in February, Kurtz began a Facebook page called Kalamazoo (Michigan) Residents Against T&J Towing for the purpose of letting people tell their stories about encounters with T&J. Seems no one has anything good to say about T&J's towing practices, and the company wants all that bad press to stop. Somehow they think that will happen by suing Kurtz, a Western Michigan University student, for $750,000.

In the video available after the jump, a legal professor weighs in on the suit and questions how T&J expects to win its case when Kurtz hasn't lied about the company or even written the stories. But, of course, anyone with a few bucks and a free hour can file a lawsuit. We wish everyone involved the best of luck and a speedy resolution. Hat tip to Chris VH!

links:

http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kalamazoo_and_battle_creek/Towing-co-files-lawsuit-vs-WMU-student

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/15/report-mi-towing-co-files-750k-lawsuit-against-student-over-f/

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I hope he wins. In California we have anti SLAPP laws that not only protect him from this sort of malicious prosecution but get his legal costs paid by the towing company.

Even so, libel is really hard to prove. But he'll have to spend the money to defend himself, which su%ks.

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The towing company is screwed. These are opinions not facts. Also the towing company is a public figure more trouble.

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Great idea! Trying to end bad publicity by creating even more of it! You can bet this will only attract more people to the Facebook group.

Plus, what's to stop other people from making similar groups? Is the towing company going to sue them all?

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The towing company is screwed. These are opinions not facts. Also the towing company is a public figure more trouble.

Bingo!

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The towing company is screwed. These are opinions not facts. Also the towing company is a public figure more trouble.

Yep.

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