Maine Seeks Input on Interpretation and Application of Anti-SLAPP Statute
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Thurlow v. Nelson. This brief responds to the Court’s invitation to file amicus briefs regarding the interpretation and application of Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute. The Plaintiff in the underlying case argues that Maine’s anti-SLAPP statute violates the constitutional right to a jury trial. The amicus brief addresses three issues. First, it argues that the statute does not violate the constitutional right to a jury trial. Second, the brief argues that the Court should not limit the definition of petitioning activity to apply only to statements made in connection with zoning or other land development disputes. Finally, it urges the Court not to implement a process similar to that adopted by Massachusetts, which would permit a non-moving party to avoid dismissal under the anti-SLAPP statute.