When Everything Goes Wrong The Only Answer Is To Sue

We’ve all been there where we’ve had our hearts broken at least once in our lives right? If I had £1000 for every guy whose broken my heart (not that many believe me), I’d be booking a fabulous holiday with my girlfriends. But I don’t and that’s where that would end. Would I sue any of them? What’s the point? Well, as the line goes “Only In America” I came across this article today about a lady who has sued the ass out of her former flame for breaking her achy breaky heart.

Cheryl Gray, a 50-year-old woman from Michigan  is suing former flame Wylie Iwan, a 35-year-old Applebee’s employee from Washington, for “misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, defamation of character, and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” reports CNET.

So how did these two former lovers find each other?

Over an app game of course.

Facebook favourite app game ‘Mafia Wars’ played by many (not me-I have a life) allows players to build their virtual criminal empires by collaborating with their friends to complete crime jobs, fight and rob other Mafia crews, run underground businesses and purchase criminal musthaves like weapons and getaway cars. Set in New York City at launch, the game has added a number of locales for players to expand their criminal empires.  This game brought these two people together as friends before their relationship blossomed into a real-life love affair with the pair spending hours a day online chatting, Gray told the Tri-City Herald. She claims she showered Iwan with gifts and bought tickets to fly out to Seattle to see him.

But their relationship was short-lived and turned ugly after Iwan told Gray he met someone else. The two have had a series of exchanges on Facebook, with each posting “nasty things” about the other, including money Gray thinks she’s entitled to for the things she had given Iwan, plus that Seattle trip she never took that cost her $956.88.

Gray, an unemployed former paralegal, said she lavished the Applebee’s employee (and his sons) with gifts, including a digital camera and tickets to the Seattle Mariners’ opening game at home. She even reserved a hotel room and rental car for a trip she never took, after he told her he’d met someone at a bar in eastern Washington’s Kennewick, where he lives. (He says she gave her blessing on his new relationship.)

Detroit’s XWYZ talked to Gray, who says she spent about $1,200 on Iwan, of which he’s repaid $300. Iwan’s Michigan-based attorney has filed a motion to dismiss. The two sides are scheduled to convene in Livonia’s 16th District Court on Aug. 1 over that motion. The “breakup” — there seems to be a dispute that they were ever really a couple, though Gray said they chatted online for hours every day beginning in December — got really messy fast, with both allegedly posting nasty messages about each other publicly on their Facebook walls and amongst their mutual Facebook friends. While you can’t sue for heartbreak, Gray did file a civil suit in Michigan district court seeking $8,368.88 for misrepresentation, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The Tri-City Herald’s Paula Horton (via The Seattle Times) interviewed both plaintiff and defendant, who, in typical his-and-her perspectives, weave a sordid tale of like, then love, gone wrong. Gray said the hours of chatting led her to believe the two had a future together, while Iwan says he was clear in telling her they were friends, and that she should only visit him as a friend. “I told her I love her, too. I was meaning it as a friend.”

The whole wacky story is one of many where people do do the funniest things via social networking sites. It sounds like they were never a couple but Gray is clearly a little fuddy duddy in the head to assume a relationship was about to take its next step with her ‘lover.’

Aother wacky story involving the 750million user social networking site involves a Facebook deprived man who sued the social network because he was cut off. Yes cut off.

For Mustafa Fteja, Facebook is more than just a hobby. It’s the main way the 30-year-old Albanian native has stayed in touch with friends and family all over the world for three years, and when he was inexplicably cut off from it, he did what every other person in this country seems to do when they’re mad enough: he sued.

In seeking $500,000, Fteja is suing Facebook for disabling his account, in which he had about 340 friends and family and had spent “timeless hours creating content and relationships [Facebook] benefitted from,” the suit contends. He wants it back on, and he wants the company to pay for the damage of alienating him from his family and friends (about $1500 per friend/family).

“I had the Facebook for one purpose — to keep in contact with my family,” Fteja told The Daily News. His access to Facebook, he said, stopped in September, and repeated pleas to the company were for the most part unanswered, except for a generic e-mail sent to him two weeks later telling him he violated the terms of the Facebook agreement. These notices usually go to accounts suspected of being fake or uploading malicious content, or that “infringes or violates someone else’s rights or otherwise violates the law.”

“I know one thing – I didn’t do anything,” he told The New York Post (which lists him as 39 and a native of Montenegro. Gotta love those New York dailies.). “I didn’t violate anything.”

He aired his speculations to the tabloid. “Did someobody hack my account? I don’t know. If it’s that someobody hacked my account, Facebook should help me. If you have a problem with your AOL login, AOL helps you. Not Facebook,” he said.

“I’m not doing this for money. I’m doing this for justice. I believe there should be some, somewhere,” he told The New York Post.

But Fteja probably should have read the fine print in Facebook’s terms before filing his lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court, because Facebook explicitly states that any dispute has to be resolved in California, specifically in Santa Clara County, which happens to be Facebook’s home turf.

It seems he’s a big lover of his social networking site and as this proves would do anything for it.

So the big question is what is Facebook worth to you? Would you blame it if anything changed in your life via the site enough to warrant going to court over it?


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