A Kennewick man sued by a Michigan woman when their Facebook relationship soured was pleased to hear the case was dismissed Monday.
Cheryl Gray, 50, had sought $8,386 in damages from Wylie Iwan in her lawsuit filed in May in Livonia District Court.
Gray, an unemployed paralegal in Livonia, was "devastated" and angry when a week before her planned trip to the Tri-Cities, Iwan said he met someone else at a Kennewick bar.
Gray claimed Iwan, 35, led her on, caused her to spend money on gifts and the planned trip, and was humiliated when he posted vulgar comments on Facebook after the end of their online romance. The gifts included a digital camera, professional baseball tickets and other items bought during the six-month relationship.
"The defendant wrote a false and malicious note on his Facebook wall," Gray said in court Monday.
A Michigan judge said she had no jurisdiction in the case, that alleged misrepresentation and defamation of character.
"The judge dismissed it based on the court having no personal jurisdiction on the defendant, who is an out-of-state resident," said Julian Poota, Iwan's attorney. Iwan did not go to Michigan for the hearing.
"We are pleased the judge ruled the way she did," Poota said. "The plaintiff was arguing the personal relationship constituted doing business in Michigan."
Iwan previously told the Herald that he and Gray were just Facebook friends who played Mafia Wars together, but the friendship developed into an online relationship. Still, he said, he told her she was welcome to visit during spring break as "my friend."
When he met someone new, he said he was upfront with Gray about it and initially she was OK with it. But then she started a hate group about him on the social networking site and called him an online predator.
Iwan said it was a "completely frivolous lawsuit," and wants Gray to move on and leave him alone.