Victory For Consumer Speech and the First Amendment in Michigan
The much publicized SLAPP against college student Justin Kurtz, who is also the Public Participation Project’s Field Organizer, concluded yesterday after the Plaintiff accepted an offer of zero dollars to settle the action as a result of a court sponsored case evaluation. Justin’s case was covered by the New York Times and his Facebook page detailing his SLAPP has over 14,000 fans. In addition, Justin testified before the Michigan House of Representatives in favor of anti-SLAPP legislation which passed the Chamber with bipartisan support in August. Because Michigan does not have an anti-SLAPP law, it took eight months to resolve Justin’s case although the action clearly lacked any merit.