There' a battle going on between Todd Layne Cleaners, on 77th, and one of the business' former patrons, Evan Coyne Maloney. Maloney has been posting his gripes with the cleaners on fliers around the neighborhood and on the Internet, via his website toddlaynecleanerssucks.com.
The cleaning business filed a $100,000 defamation suit and won an injunction in Manhattan Supreme Court to prevent Maloney from entering the store but failed to win a ban on his fliers, according to the Post.
"Maloney began plastering the fliers around his building at 244 E. 77th St., also home to the cleaners, after what he claimed were nine months of atrocious service - including soggy clothes, fluctuating hours and detergents that cause hives. It was employees' rudeness that prompted him to set up the Web site, he said.
"That's my opinion. It's clearly protected speech," said the 34-year-old software engineer who makes documentaries and considers himself a First Amendment advocate. His film, "Indoctrinate U.," about free-speech suppression on campuses, just opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The cleaners, however, claim Maloney is a kook who wanted the business to receive his packages like a concierge and to check his pants pockets like a nanny."
Soiled Reputation [NY Post]