• 52°

Bounce City owner voluntarily dismisses defamation lawsuit

By Shavonne Walker
shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Bounce City owner Jehan Allen Davis, who last year filed a defamation lawsuit against blog owner Steve Mensing, local attorney Todd Paris, the city of Salisbury, WSOC-TV News and now former City Councilman Kenny Hardin, has since voluntarily dismissed the suit, court records show.

The civil suit, which was originally filed in April, was done so under Davis Venture Capital LLC doing business as Bounce City, and said that the blog, Rowan Free Press, posted online about a shooting that occurred near or around her business negatively affected the establishment. She also filed the suit naming Rowan Free Press creator, Steve Mensing, who resides in Wisconsin.

Davis, who owns Bounce City, sought compensation for damages she said resulted from a decline in revenue. She also said Attorney Todd Paris, who has been listed as an associate editor for the blog, posted the story on social media site Facebook where it was shared and viewed by over 1,000 people.

The business owner then amended her complaint to include Hardin, whom she said made statements to the Charlotte area TV station in April 2016 and on his personal Facebook page in 2017 about the reported shooting.

Police reported a shooting occurred near the North Church Street business following a Livingstone College party there.

She said in the court documents that the blog falsely reported shots were fired directly outside her business.

Davis said in her lawsuit she asked Mensing to retract the blog post as well as the news station to retract statements reporters made in a live on-air story about the shooting and subsequently that the city of Salisbury was shutting down late night parties at the business. Davis maintained the statements made by the news station in part were untrue.

The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning Davis can at some point file the suit again. No explanation was given in court documents that would explain why she chose to have the case dismissed.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

Comments

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs

Landis

Landis adopts amendments to Zoning Ordinance related to signs, Planning Board terms

Nation/World

Cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist’s death

Nation/World

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

Crime

Blotter: April 13

Coronavirus

County switches vaccines for Livingstone clinic after federal, state guidance

Coronavirus

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

Education

Superintendent talks first 100 days, dives into district data

Business

‘It was an answer to a call:’ TenderHearted Home Care celebrates 10 years of providing care at home

News

Political Notebook: Local polls find increasing number of North Carolinians want COVID-19 vaccine

News

Trial begins on challenge to latest NC voter ID law

Local

Burch, Fisher, Marsh honored as 2021 recipients of Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Award

Landis

Landis board talks revenues, budget planning, department updates

College

College baseball: Catawba rolls 7-1 and 24-1

Nation/World

Student fires at officers at Tennessee school, is killed

Nation/World

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

Crime

Man receives consecutive prison sentences for sex offenses

Education

RSS Board of Education approves Faith Elementary sale

Coronavirus

Rowan Health Department receives 400 Pfizer, 800 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for week

Crime

Blotter: Accident in Food Lion only weekend shooting to produce injuries