CHICAGO – The mayor of the Village of Franklin Park is suing a Cook County resident alleging that he knowingly and maliciously republished false information and accusations.

Barrett F. Pedersen filed a complaint on April 22 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Eugene Piltaver, citing defamation.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 21, he suffered great harm to his reputation as a highly regarded member of the community. The plaintiff holds Piltaver responsible because the defendant allegedly disseminated offending and false accusations via email that has caused irreparable harm to the plaintiff's personal and professional reputation.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an amount more than $50,000 plus the costs of suit. He is represented by Ryan B. Jacobson of SmithAmundsen LLC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016L004120

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