Lawsuit claiming defamation against Limehouse, LLC filed by challenger

Lawsuit claiming defamation against Limehouse, LLC filed by challenger

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina Representative Harry "Chip" Limehouse and Not A Penny More LLC by his challenger in the upcoming primary election, claiming a campaign flyer used false claims to sway voters.

The suit was filed Monday morning by State House District 110 candidate Russell Guerard. Guerard is challenging Limehouse for his state seat in the 2014 Republican primary election, which is scheduled for June 10.

According to the suit, Not A Penny More LLC "sponsored and paid for an attack mail piece against Mr. Guerard that was delivered to residents of House District 110" on or around June 4.

The lawsuit alleged the "attack mail piece contained intentionally false and misleading information" about Guerard "in an effort to slander, defame, and diminish him and his reputation in the eyes of Republican primary voters." The flyer states Guerard last voted in a Democratic primary, and that he has not voted in a Presidential primary election in the past decade, both claims the lawsuit states are false.

Limehouse released the following statement Monday afternoon: Russell Guerard voting in the 2010 Democratic Primary and financially supporting Vincent Sheheen with three personal contributions against Nikki Haley is a fact. A threat of lawsuit will not change that fact. These kinds of lawsuits are not uncommon in the hours leading up to an election. This is just another example of the negative attacks that many voters have recently received in the mail by my opponent.

"Not A Penny More LLC and Limehouse share one or more consultants and/or advisors who worked simultaneously for Limhouse's campaign and Not A Penny More LLC in the production and distribution of this mail piece," the lawsuit reads. "Upon information and belief, the cost of the production and distribution of this mail piece exceeded $1,000."

Guerard is suing for declaratory relief, defamation, civil conspiracy, and injunctive relief. He is asking for "actual damages, special damages, punitive damages, the costs of this action, attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses, and for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper."

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