DENVER - People upset over a man who sued an 8-year-old boy and his father over a ski collision have subjected him and his wife to "an electronic tar and feathering," their attorney said.

David Pfahler and Marlene Ambrogio left their Allentown, Pa., home for the holidays because angry people tied up their phone lines with automated calls since news reports of the lawsuit, lawyer Jim Chalat said Monday.

Some sent angry e-mails and calls to Chalat's Denver law firm, while others called Reader's Digest, where Pfahler works, and demanded he be fired.

The couple sued Scott Swimm and his father, Robb Swimm, in federal court. They said Scott, then 7, skied into Pfahler, 60, at Beaver Creek in January.