The Illinois Supreme Court says a suburban Chicago woman can't be sued for creating fake personas and using them to perpetuate an Internet relationship with a California woman. The court ruled that Janna St. James of Batavia can't be sued because the two women were involved in a personal relationship. Such fraud claims typically apply to business relationships. The Illinois woman's attorney had argued that a ruling against her client could have opened the door for fraud claims in all sorts of personal relationships. Paula Bonhomme of California had sued after discovering the ruse, claiming emotional distress. She had fallen in love with one of St. James' fictional personas, that of a firefighter. Bonhomme sent her $10,000 worth of gifts.
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