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Newsfront - June 12, 2009

Tony La Russa sues Twitter

A fake Twitter page purporting to be that of St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has raised the ire of the Alamo resident and prompted a lawsuit against the social networking application.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that a lawsuit was filed in late May in Superior Court of California seeking unspecified damages. The suit claimed that someone created a false account under La Russa's name and posted tweets. Some of the tweets contained disparaging remarks regarding Cardinals pitchers who had passed away and La Russa's own drunk driving arrest. The venerable coach said his concern wasn't with the content, but with someone using his name.

"There is a law against improperly using a person's name without authorization and it wasn't authorized," La Russa said. "You can't sue everybody for criticizing you, but it seemed like that was the perception. It was improper use of the name, but it's been settled."

No word was given as to damages, but speculation is that it will be in the form of La Russa's legal fees and possibly a donation to the Animal Rescue Foundation, a charity created by La Russa.

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