House Judiciary chair Webster sued for defamation

By Justin Anderson | Jul 16, 2009


CHARLESTON -- Charleston attorney and House of Delegates Judiciary Chairwoman Carrie Webster is being sued by a man who says she filed a motion in a pending case that falsely said he is a sex offender.

Christian Lindroth filed a lawsuit July 7 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Webster and the law firm she works for, Bailey Bucci and Javins and Webster's client, Debbie McMillan.

Lindroth is a co-plaintiff in a suit against McMillan that accuses her of continuing to collect money as a foster parent of his child, even after the child had been returned to its biological parents.

Lindroth says that Webster, on behalf of her client, filed a "frivolous" motion to dismiss the lawsuit instead of answering the allegations in the complaint.

Lindroth says the motion sets forth "irrelevant, false, untrue and inflammatory matters," such as the allegedly false claim that Lindroth is required by the West Virginia State Police to register as a sex offender.

"It is absolutely untrue that Christian Lindroth has ever been required to register as a sex offender and is absolutely untrue that (the plaintiff) has ever committed any acts which would constitute a sex offense," the complaint says.

Lindroth says the defendants either knew or should have known that the information in the complaint is erroneous.

Lindroth says he's suffered embarassment and emotional distress and has been placed in a false light in the eyes of the community due to the motion.

He's seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Richard J. Lindroth is representing the plaintiff. The case is before Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 09-C-1217

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