Docket: Cum-20-63.

263 A.3d 494 (2021)

2021 ME 58

John P. THURLOW v. Zakia C. NELSON et al.

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine.

Decided: November 23, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John P. Thurlow, pro se, and Tyler Lauzon, Esq. (orally), Lauzon Law, LLC, Saco, for appellant John Thurlow.

Eric J. Uhl, Esq. (orally), Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger, Portland, for appellees Zakia C. Nelson and Ross Nelson.

Lawrence C. Winger, Esq. , Portland, for amicus curiae Lawrence C Winger.

Sigmund D. Schutz, Esq. , and Alexandra A. Harriman, Esq. , Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios LLP, Portland, for amici curiae Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and fourteen media organizations.

Thomas L. Douglas, Esq. , Douglas, McDaniel & Campo LLC, PA, Westbrook, for amicus curiae Maine Trial Lawyers Association

Aaron Frey , Attorney General, and Sarah E. Coleman , Asst. Atty. Gen, Office of the Attorney General, Augusta, for amicus curiae Attorney General of the State of Maine.

Michelle R. King, Esq , and Jacqueline R Moss, Esq , Irwin & Morris, Portland, for amici curiae Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc., Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Michelle R. King, and Jacqueline R. Moss.

Zachary L. Heiden, Esq. , and Emma E. Bond, Esq , American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation, Portland, and Jeffrey A. Thaler, Esq. , Portland for amici curiae American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation and Jeffrey A. Thaler.

Dissent: HORTON, J.

[¶1] John P. Thurlow appeals from an order entered in the Superior Court (Cumberland County, Stewart, J.) in favor of Zakia C. Nelson and Ross Nelson granting the Nelsons' special motion, pursuant to Maine's anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) statute, to dismiss Thurlow's defamation complaint.


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