EDWARDSVILLE — The owner of a lawn services company is suing a mobile home park and its manager for defamation after they allegedly said the plaintiff and his employees were drug addicts.

Alex Wilson filed a complaint on Feb. 2 in the Madison County Circuit Court against RHP Properties Inc., doing business as Mallard Lake Mobile Home Park, and Nicole Crosby, alleging defamation that substantially damaged his business.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 7, 2016, Crosby said he and his employees were drug addicts at a birthday part in front of several people. More specifically, he claims she accused them of using cocaine and methamphetamine while working. 

He alleges the statements were made in an attempt to weaken the lawn company and drive down its prices after the plaintiff's company had done substantial work for the defendants.

As a result, the plaintiff claims, he suffered mental stress and his business was damaged.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000 plus costs of suit.

He is represented by Ronald A. Roth of Roth Law Offices LLC in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-164

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