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Wrangell: Salard sues for Facebook defamation

Sunset on Wrangell Harbor, Alaska
Sunset on Wrangell Harbor, Alaska (Photo credit: brewbooks)

By Greg Knight
July 26, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 30

A lawsuit filed in Wrangell’s First District Court by Dr. Greg Salard and his wife, Laura Salard, is seeking monetary damages and attorney fees in a defamation case against a longtime Wrangell resident.

The case, which was initially filed on July 13, alleges that Lisa Gillen made statements in an online chat session about the physician, his family, and his ability to practice medicine. The filing also seeks damages exceeding $50,000, the Salard’s attorney fees, and any other relief the court may see fit to award.

Attorney Michael Nash, who is representing the Salards, said Gillen has made it difficult for the physician to practice in Wrangell due to the online conversations she is alleged to have engaged in on the Facebook network.

“Ms. Gillen has interfered with the relationship between Dr. Salard and one or more of his patients,” Nash said. “She has done....