Hotel's defamation lawsuit dropped; renovation plans move forward

8:34 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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The US Court of Appeals has ruled against a hotel owner who sued Trip Advisor for calling his hotel "the dirtiest in America." This comes as new plans aim to overhaul the property.

Nearly two years ago, Trip Advisor released the list which put the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge at the top.

Its owner, Kenneth Seaton, sued Trip Advisor for $10 million. He claimed defamation, trade libel, and false light invasion of privacy.

Wednesday, the US Court of Appeals decided to drop the lawsuit against Trip Advisor saying Seaton did not have plausible claims.

Meanwhile, plans to renovate the property are moving forward.

The proposed idea for Pigeon Forge convention hotel and resort, pavilion, and village shops will feature 500 rooms, an outdoor pool, and a 30,000 square foot convention center.

The city's community development director says the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission approved new site plans on Tuesday.

The work is expected to start soon after officials approve the building plans.

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