THE LAKE POINT SLAPP SUIT AGAINST MAGGY HURCHALLA

Lake Point is a rockpit project in western Martin County controlled by George Lindemann Jr and his family.

Maggy Hurchalla sent emails to Martin County commissioners criticizing the project.

Lake Point sued the South Florida Water Management District, Martin County and Maggy Hurchalla. The suit claimed that Hurchalla's communications to commissioners were "tortious interference with a business relationship".

The Lake Point SLAPP suit was originally filed in February, 2013. 

In February, 2018, a Martin County jury found Maggy Hurchalla guilty of tortious interference and assessed damages of $4.3 million dollars.

Based on the circuit judge's jury instructions, the case will set a new standard for a citizen's right to complain to government officials

Maggy Hurchalla's appeal was filed with the 4th District Court of Appeals on Aug 24, 2018.

Four amicus briefs have been filed in behalf of Hurchalla. The four briefs were joined by the following organizations and individuals:
  • Amicus 1 - Attorney Paul Crochet on behalf of First Amendment Foundation, League of Women Voters of Martin County, Florida Press Association, Florida Society of News Editors, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida, Fane Lozeman, and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information 
  • Amicus 2 - Attorney Jack Cox on behalf of the Guardians of Martin County 
  • Amicus 3 - Attorney Richard Grosso on behalf of Professors Canan and Pring 
  • Amicus 4 - Attorney Richard Grosso on behalf of Bullsugar, Florida Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Everglades Foundation 
An answering brief from Lake Point is expected by Oct 19, 2018.

For more details and the history of the case, see www.slappmaggy.com

Legal defense donations are appreciated.

Mail check to: 
Maggy’s SLAPP-Back Fund,  PO Box 891,  Stuart, Fl.  34995 

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