Yes, it is possible to sue someone for breaking your heart, when the heartbreak costs you a cool $8,386.88. Cheryl Gray claims she spent a great deal of money on a Facebook relationship and now wants compensation for it.
Cheryl Gray met Wylie Iwan on Facebook via Mafia Wars where they were part of the same clan, they gradually became friends and the friendship developed into an online relationship. But then, things fell apart. Iwan decided to move on.
Gray claims that Iwan caused her to spend money on gifts and a trip to the Tri-Cities, then humiliated her when he posted vulgar comments on her Facebook wall.
"I was just really devastated ... and I guess I was angry. I had done some very nice things for him," Gray told Seattle Times. "He supposedly met this person on Saturday, but I don't believe that. I believe he was already involved in a relationship. ... I felt like this guy is taking me on a ride."
Iwan refutes the charges saying that when he met someone new, he was upfront with Gray about it and initially she was OK with it. But then, Gray apparently started a hate group about him on Facebook and called him an online predator.
"I was like, 'If you want to come down here as my friend, come down as my friend,'" Iwan said.
He, however, admits posting a derogatory comment about her, but he said that was after she created the hate group about him. Iwan said he wanted nothing to do with Gray "after she had done all her crazy stuff, after she created a hate group about me."
On April 22, Iwan got an email from an attorney friend of Gray's seeking $956.88 for repayment of expenses related to the trip she didn't take, and gifts and flowers she sent him. A week later, Iwan got a second email that said Gray no longer was interested in pursuing the claim.
Then on May 18, Gray filed a civil suit in Michigan seeking $8,368.88 for misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She said she was "shocked, humiliated and embarrassed" by Iwan's characterization of her in posts that their shared friends could see and said her reputation was injured, according to court documents Gray filed.
While the lawsuit may have been filed, a hearing is not always compulsary. "Courts get reluctant to regulate matters of the heart. Judges don't really want to be in the middle of a lover's quarrel," Eric Goldman, a Santa Clara University law professor said.