A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia is pitting a news publisher against a former reporter over a Twitter account connected to a local newspaper, but used solely by the reporter for years.

BH Media Group, a publisher of 31 local daily newspapers, including the Virginia-based The Roanoke Times, has brought a lawsuit against former employee and sports journalist Andy Bitter over his use of a Twitter account that BH Media claims to own, citing employee contracts Bitter signed.