By Patrick McNamara | Arizona Daily Star
A defamation lawsuit filed by a recent University of Arizona graduate and disabled Iraq war veteran claims social media attacks on him have crossed the line from banter and insults to libel.
Brian Kolfage filed the civil complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court last month naming seven defendants in various states who he claims libeled him in Facebook postings accusing him of plagiarism and claiming he’s racist, homophobic and a drug abuser.
The claim alleges defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false light and tortious interference.
“Brian doesn’t know exactly what it is that’s motivating these people,” said Kolfage’s cyber law attorney, Logan Elia, of the Phoenix-based Rose Law Group.