Palm Beach Post: SLAPP at Hurchalla shows law needs to be reformed

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: The Lake Point SLAPP suit against former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla had its first of what likely will be many days in court this week. It’s a textbook case in why Florida needs laws to protect citizens from Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.

SLAPPs are not about winning. In fact, most are withdrawn before they ever get to a jury. SLAPPs are about harassment and intimidation. A big corporation, often a developer with a project, sues an individual for speaking against it at public meetings or writing letters to newspapers opposing it.

For the complete entry: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/opinionzone/2013/10/13/slapp-at-hurchalla-shows-law-needs-to-be-reformed/

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