Marquez Bros. International files defamation suit against temporary worker over alleged Facebook posts

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 16, 2018

FRESNO – A Hanford business alleges a temporary worker posted false statements about conditions at a plant on Facebook.

Marquez Bros. International Inc. filed a complaint on Oct. 19 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Aaron Pruitt and Does 1-10 alleged defamation and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendant was employed as a temporary worker at the plaintiff's facility. It alleges at the end of his assignment, he made false statements that it maintained unsanitary conditions at its food processing plant on Facebook and via text messages.

The plaintiff holds Pruitt and Does 1-10 responsible because the comments allegedly posted by Pruitt purportedly harmed its business and trade.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for general, special and exemplary damages; injunctive relief; costs and expenses; expert witness fees; and other relief as the court may deem just. It is represented by Donald H. Glasrud and N. Richard Shreiba of Dowling Aaron Incorporated in Fresno.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 18-CECG-03849

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