Man's defamation suit hits back at claims he assaulted fellow business event attendee

By John Suayan | Aug 10, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County man alleges he was falsely accused of committing assault, filing a state district defamation lawsuit.

HOUSTON – A Harris County man alleges he was falsely accused of committing assault, filing a state district defamation lawsuit.

Benjamin Jason Farmer explains in court papers filed on Aug. 8 in the Harris County 152nd District Court that Baton Rouge, La. resident Bonnie Mann wrongly claimed her daughter, Catherine Edwards, was physically attacked by him.

The suit says the plaintiff and Edwards attended an event in Las Vegas hosted by the International Assoc. of Microsoft Channel Partners last month, but denies Mann’s allegations.

Farmer believes that Mann made erroneous statements about him because he told her to never contact him again after she emailed him asking for the return of items he had supposedly taken from her daughter.

Even Edwards stated that her mother is crazy and refused contact with her, according to the original petition.

Joining Mann as co-defendants are Debra Pfundstein, of Haverstraw, N.Y., and the IAMCP.

The suit accuses Pfundstein of passing around images suggesting that Farmer harmed Edwards while the IAMCP is faulted for not seeking the complainant’s point of view on the claims against him prior to removing him from the organization.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by Jared C. Woodfill of the Woodfill Law Firm, P.C. in Houston.

Harris County 152nd District Court Case No. 2018-52837

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