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Anti-SLAPP law protects Tennessee woman from bogus defamation lawsuit

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Anti-SLAPP law protects Tennessee woman from bogus defamation lawsuit

06.22.20 06:30 AM

Kortni Butterton got some good news recently. Butterton*is a Nashville resident who took to a private, invite-only Facebook group to discuss a man she had once rejected on a dating app. Someone in the group shared her comments with the man, and*Butterton*says he somehow found her address, showed up without warning at her home, and*—*upon seeing her through the window*—*began banging on her door, window, and walls. Fearing for her life,*she*locked herself in a bathroom, texted her family, and called 911. While she says this went on for 20*to*25 minutes, the police arrived too late to catch the man at her door or confirm who it was. But the man she had criticized in the Facebook group*filed a defamation suit*against her. The good news for*Butterton*is that*the*suit has been*settled in her favor*under the*recently*enacted*Tennessee Public Participation Act (TPPA). The court can’t undo the trauma that*Butterton*went through, but she recovered thousands in attorney’s fees, as well as sanctions – the largest anti-SLAPP fee and sanctions award ever issued in the state. Americans for*Prosperity-Tennessee*partnered*with Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the American Civil Liberties Union Tennessee Chapter*– to champion the reform.*The law is*similar to*statutes that already existed*in over a dozen other states*that make it […]

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