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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A man accused of cyber-squatting Grand Rapids businessman and triathlete Ryan Leestma acknowledges he set up a website using his former boss' name.
The man admitted posting news stories about Leestma and sharing his Facebook posts, originally published on others' pages. "To the extent that the news articles and Facebook posts made by the Plaintiff reflect a negative personal character the republication of said items as a group by Defendant is critical commentary and not actionable, as alleged by Plaintiff," Bliss's attorney, Christopher Gibbons, wrote in response to a federal lawsuit filed by Leestma. Leestma originally filed the lawsuit against John Doe, suspecting that a former worker had registered the website under his name. He later named Bliss as the defendant. Leestma alleged that Bliss made it look like Leestma started the site, and shared his social media posts and reposted a news story to make him look like a "deceptive businessman and braggart," his attorney, John Di Giacomo said. Leestma alleged that Bliss made it look like Leestma started the site, and shared his social media posts and reposted a news story to make him look like a "deceptive businessman and braggart," his attorney, John Di Giacomo said. Leestma is chief executive officer of Leestma Management and founder of Information Systems Intelligence LLC, or ISI, which has been honored as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. He is also known as a triathlete who has raised funds for epilepsy-related causes after suffering epileptic seizures himself. He has competed in the World Long Course in Sweden, the Olympic Nationals and the Ironman World Championships. He also has a website, www.swimbikerunforcharity.com. Leestma alleges violations of anti-cyber-squatting laws and false light invasion of property. "In an attempt to justify his actions, Defendant published a purported disclaimer in the footer of his website, which stated, 'Disclaimer: This site is not hosted by Ryan Leestma and is simply a collection of true information gathered from the Internet.'" His attorney acknowledged his client was "selectively" posting news stories about Leestma.
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ISI President Ryan Leestma, a prominent Grand Rapids businessman, gave Kaplan $20,000 in cash, a personal loan of $27,950 and financial assistance with a mortgage, the county's lawsuit claims.
"ISI brought suit against Muskegon County based on its breach of the parties' agreements," Leestma said in a written statement. "We are confident in our position and that the County will be held accountable with a substantial damage award. The countersuit has no merit and was filed to shift the focus away from the County's substantial damage exposure. After the Court hears the evidence, we are confident that the countersuit will be dismissed." Leestma and Kaplan's representatives have previously have publicly acknowledged the personal loan, which was said to be paid off. Leestma explained the circumstances of his personal loan to Kaplan: Leestma said that such overpayment couldn't occur. "Every invoice that contained hardware or software was approved after serial numbers, contract numbers, license keys were presented and verified by a county employee," Leestma said. "How can you double pay an invoice when the same person is cataloging all that hardware and software received?" "Frankly, no one should believe a word that the county says," Leestma said. For more about Ryan Leestma, read these other stories:
Founded in 2002 by Ryan Leestma, ISI is a small, family-owned business that has built its reputation on providing excellent service and expertise.
Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium, truly embraces this philosophy.
He has not only committed to support Michigan's only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees. Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan's only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.