Lawsuit stemming from swastika controversy at NH shop moves forward despite motion to dismiss
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HAVERHILL — The lawsuit against a boutique customer for defamation will move forward after the store owner claimed her actions led to the closing of the shop.
Nicole Guida, the former owner of Chic & Unique in Littleton, filed the suit on Feb. 21 against a former customer, Katherine Ferrier.
Back in November of 2016, Ferrier was visiting the boutique when something caught her eye. She pointed out to Guida that a flour bag behind the counter offended her because it displayed a swastika symbol. Guida disagreed with Ferrier, telling her that the symbol referred to "luck" pre-World War II.
Following the dispute over the antique flour bag, Ferrier went on to post her outrage on Facebook, in part saying, "How do you think it’s okay to hang this thing here, front and center, given everything it stands for, and given the sudden rise of racist backlash incidents in the weeks since the election. Do you not get how folks might interpret it?"
The post, which has since been deleted, garnered a lot of negative attention toward the shop from many local residents. Guida closed the Littleton shop for good on Dec. 7, 2016.
Guida alleged that Ferrier's comments defamed her, leading to the closure of the boutique.
Justice Lawrence MacLeod denied a defense motion on July 23 to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Guida, the Union Leader reported.
Ferrier maintains that her remarks are protected by free speech and has filed a motion for reconsideration of MacLeod's order on July 31.