MI Towing SLAPP Suit Ends in Mutual Dismissal

SLAPP suits came to national attention when Justin Kurtz was sued for allegedly defaming a Kalamazoo towing company (T&J) on a Facebook page. Both parties have now agreed to dismiss their claims against one another. I think this outcome illustrates perfectly how wasteful SLAPP lawsuits are. Business owners who are overly sensitive to criticism should toughen up and either improve their service or ignore online complaints unless the commentary reaches a level that is truly defamatory. Nonetheless, thin-skinned business owners appear more than willing to file SLAPP suits that generally end in stalemate. This underscores that the suits are likely filed only to intimidate and harass those expressing protected opinion speech. The irony is that by filing the lawsuits, businesses tend to draw even more unwanted attention to themselves, creating more suspicion than if they had simply ignored the online griping. The result here is hopefully the beginning of a trend.

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One response to “MI Towing SLAPP Suit Ends in Mutual Dismissal

  1. Maria Moore

    I was a defendant in a SLAPP suit, the Plaintiff is a Public Company that has openly admitted some of the issues that many of us were discussing online. This person has a lot of money and hired 2 different Attorneys (we are in different states 1 attorney is supposedly an “internet law attorney)
    The best thing to do is early on address the complaint as a SLAPP and move for a Special Motion to Strike under your state and federal laws.
    The Plaintiff has to show a likelihood to prevail and the funny thing is I have her tax returns of her “public company” (non-profit) and it grossed just under $1 million from 2007-2009 with each year increase in business. Hardly a financial loss. truth is the best defense but protect your right to public participation without being intimidated.
    Lastly check into your homeowners insurance most will pay for attorney fees for this type of complaint. Best to plead yourself, because most of the time they are trying to get your to spend money to cause you stress and anxiety. hang tough and fight back.

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