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Eldridge v. Johndrow
Citation:345 P.3d 553.
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The Eldridges owned two companies to manage residential properties and provide services to wealthy homeowners. Johndrow was a former friend and client of the Eldridges. However, the friendship was brief and crumbled after Lindsey Eldridge accused Johndrow of attacking her in a restaurant. Johndrow then accused the Eldridges of spreading false rumors and stealing his phone. Both parties threatened legal action against each other, however, Johndrow turned the issue to an “investigative team” that uncovered embarrassing facts about the Eldridges such as liens, foreclosures, a felony conviction, and unflattering news reports. Johndrow threatened to disseminate the information if the Eldridges did not retract their accusations and compensate him for his phone. The Eldridges did not take such actions and Johndrow emailed the information he had obtained to various clients and verbally communicated it to others.
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