Annie Cosby Sep. 19, 2014, 11:04am

A Cook County man is suing over claims that false statements caused damage to his career options in area car dealerships.

Aaron Asllani filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 in Cook County Circuit Court against James Douvas, Napleton Aurora Imports Inc., also known as Napleton's Valley Hyundai, and Edward Napleton Jr., alleging defamation.

According to the complaint, Asllani applied for a position with Napleton's Valley Hyundai and was told he would be hired, but was then denied the position based on comments made by Douvas and Napleton.

He claims Napleton Hyundai's general manager, Douvas, made the false statement to the owners, including Napleton, and others that he "was convicted and went to prison for stealing $250,000" from another dealership.

According to the suit, Napleton made this same comment to others, and Asllani contends he was denied positions at other dealerships in the area as a result of the false statements.

He accuses the defendants of defamation and intentional interference with a prospective economic advantage.

Asllani is seeking more than $350,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages. He is represented by Chicago attorneys Andrew Cohen and Marshall J. Burt.

The case number is Cook County Circuit Court case 2014L009356.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and it only represents one side of the story.

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