Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hey! You sued Kilkenny!

Brookfield blogger and ex-alderman Cindy Kilkenny is getting sued by a developer for remarks she made on her blog and on the blog she wrote on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Joseph C. Niebler Sr., as president of NFI Properties LLC, contends that Cynthia Kilkenny continually made untrue and malicious statements about the Shire development, a name drawn from J.R.R. Tolkien's' "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Kilkenny, Niebler says, called him "the Dark Lord," and described the development as "icky," "a flop" and contaminated by an adjacent, closed landfill, the lawsuit says.

Kilkenny, who is no longer a Brookfield alderman, said Wednesday that she had not yet seen the lawsuit.

"I'm not terribly worried about it," she said.

Niebler contends that Kilkenny made statements about him and the development that she knew were untrue and with malice while she was an alderman, during her tenure as a blogger for, and in her most recent blog,, the lawsuit says. BrookfieldNow is produced by Journal Interactive, a division of Journal Communications.
Here's a tip for those of you considering a career in blogging: if you're going to accuse a development of contaminated soil, make sure you have the soil tests in hand.  The article does not mention whether or not Journal Communications, Inc., is named in the lawsuit.  As developments (yes, pun intended) arise, we'll keep you posted.