Landlord sues former tenant over unflattering Craigslist posting

Jon Campisi Jun. 13, 2011, 7:48am

A onetime apartment tenant is being sued by her former landlord, with the plaintiff claiming that his former tenant made untrue and disparaging remarks about him on the Internet.

Attorneys Paul Jay Cohen and Jenel R. Marraccini, of the Southampton, Pa. law firm Cohen & Willwerth, filed the libel/slander/misrepresentation lawsuit June 9 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of King of Prussia resident, Linc A. Slipakoff, and his company, Las Investment Group, LLC.

Named as defendant is Philadelphian Johnna Matthews Reeder.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff and defendant entered into a 16-month lease agreement for a North 16th Street apartment in early December 2008. The lease was later extended for three months by agreement, after which the defendant vacated the premises.

Then, two months after that, the suit states, the defendant posted “negative inaccurate information” about the plaintiff on the website Craigslist.

“Said postings have caused Plaintiff to lose prospective residents,” the lawsuit states.

In late August 2010, the plaintiff demanded that the defendant remove the inaccurate information from the website.

The Craigslist posting, which is included as an exhibit in the lawsuit, states that the defendant was unhappy with her former landlord, and found him to be “dishonest, unethical with my money.”

The posting further states that the defendant felt as though her apartment was not being maintained.

“Please take my advice and do not rent from him,” the Craigslist posting said, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit contains counts of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiff seeks a judgment against the defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and other court related costs.

The non-jury matter awaits case management.

The case number is 110600580.

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