GRETNA – A company and members of its executive staff are suing an unknown person who they claim posted defamatory statements about them accusing them of criminal acts on a website.
Altus GTS Inc., Thomas E. Brenan IV and Jim McDermott filed suit against John Doe in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 8.
The plaintiffs claim that in May 2015 “John Doe”, using the alias Jason Tucker, published a petition on Change.org listing the plaintiffs by name and accusing them of fraud, theft and improperly terminating an employee. Altus GTS Inc., Brenan and McDermott allege that as of June 16 at least 16 Change.org users expressed their support for the petition. The plaintiffs claim they have unsuccessfully attempted to locate Jason Tucker living in Metairie, but have concluded the name is faked in order to hide the identity of their accuser who they likely know.
The defendant is accused of defamation.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought by the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are represented by Christopher G. Morris of Baton Rouge-based Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz.
The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.
Case no. 751-368.