JUPITER, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RenuEn Corporation (OTCPINK:RENU) today filed a federal lawsuit in response to a multi-month, widespread and detrimental online defamation campaign waged against it by a competitor and a group of individuals who are believed to be intending to profit from the campaign. The defamation campaign also included the unauthorized access of the Coral Springs Police Department's official Facebook and Twitter pages, where false and unsubstantiated fraud alerts were posted. Police removed the posts after RenuEn executives brought them to their attention. The police department has since acknowledged that the posts were not authorized and that it was not investigating RenuEn.
"We appreciate the police department's initial assistance in this matter," said Jeff Nemes, CEO of RenuEn. "However, before the post was deleted, it was shared extensively online and in countless fake posts on consumer review sites. These posts, in addition to the other defamatory statements made as part of this campaign, have caused significant damage to our company, its shareholders and our business partners."
RenuEn is represented by Whitney C. Gibson, a partner at Ohio-based law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Mr. Gibson leads the firm's internet defamation group. The extent of the online defamation campaign is outlined in the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Follow the links below to read the full details and download a copy of the complaint.
According to the complaint, the defamation made against RenuEn began in July, shortly after the company ended a relationship with America's Green Energy Source (AGES) and AGES commenced plans to compete with RenuEn. AGES and its owner, John L. Lameira, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The complaint also names as defendants Cathy Lerman, a Coral Springs, Florida attorney, and her husband, Steve Lerman, a Coral Springs police detective. The complaint alleges that Cathy Lerman exchanged extensive communications concerning RenuEn with Lameira and posted several untrue and derogatory posts online about RenuEn. According to the complaint, it is also believed that Steve Lerman caused the false police fraud alert to be posted on the Coral Springs police department's official Facebook and Twitter pages. The police postings are currently being investigated by the Coral Springs Police Internal Affairs Unit.
The defamation campaign, the lawsuit states, includes as many as 11 fictional posts made to Ripoff Report (an online review website) and countless other online statements made on sites such as Twitter and pissedconsumer.com.
Links to Complaints and Exhibits
Link to Complaint - (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ps896ryxkut3zms/2014-10-28%20-%20Complaint.pdf?dl=0 )
Link to Exhibits 1 of 2 - (https://www.dropbox.com/s/utcl7fct37qvpcg/2014-10-27%20-%20Exhibits%20Part%201%20of%202.pdf?dl=0 )
Link to Exhibits 2 of 2 – (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ya6lfy83oannu72/2014-10-27%20-%20Exhibits%20Part%202%20of%202.pdf?dl=0 )
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RenuEn Corporation (www.RenuEn.com) is a Renewable Energy Development, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Company. The company focuses on Renewable Power projects and the development of solar, geothermal and other renewable energy strategies installing energy saving products and services for residential and commercial clients.
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