Horizon Group Management

This statement by Horizon Realty raises serious questions regarding ethical use of the law-courts to settle disputes

“We’re a ‘sue first, ask questions later’ sort of organization,” said Jeffrey Michael of Horizon Group Management is statement regarding the matter that appears in the Chicago Sun-Times.

via Horizon Group Sues Woman Over Single Tweet on Twitter – Associated Content.

This reminds me of an earlier controversy regarding Dozier Internet Law — one almost lost to google do to extensive astroturfing.

7 thoughts on “Horizon Group Management”

  1. A good company will use the Internet to monitor its public perception and note that if there are several negative comments on the same aspect of the company’s service, it has to work to improve in that area.

    A company that exists either as a scam/rip-off or has something to hide will use the Internet to monitor its public perception and make sure that all negative comments (i.e. what it has to hide) disappear. The vanity publishers who present themselves as something they’re not do the same thing, sweeping message boards to find complaints and then sending their own authors (clients, essentially) “tone letters” to warn them that they should shut up or get sued.

  2. Well said,

    Regardless of the facts in this case, it is always too bad when companies file strategic lawsuits against public participation. It ruins the reputations of others. For instance, there are many good landlords, such as Willow Creek Apartments in Lincoln, NE, where I stayed for two years.

  3. Willow Creek are the best landlords ever simply because they sent someone over at 2AM when my toilet exploded and then invested a full day in determining why my toilet exploded. (It had to do with the previous tenants, not with toilet poltergeist, happily.) They are also very kind to people who want to have an exterminator come in after seeing just one cockroach.

  4. Mr. Michael needs to pack his S$%# and GTFO of America. He can take the rest of the litigious morons with him.

  5. While I doubt that any high officer at Horizon Realty is a “moron” (that is, “A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education” [1]), I think it is fair to say that the sue-first-ask-questions-later philosophy that was espoused by Horizon raises serious questions about the intent of their lawsuit.

    [1] http://www.answers.com/morons

  6. I happen to know (from personal experience) that Horizon actually DOES think it’s okay to have their tenants sleep in moldy apartments.

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