A public zoning official who is sued by an individual can recover 3X damages if he and the judge conspire to claim all three of the conditions are met:
1. He was sued because he performed his official duties,
2. The individual used email, letters, or speech to protest
the zoning official’s actions, and
3. The individual ‘dared’ to file a lawsuit.
Basically, it’s a law intended to stifle zoning lawsuits by property owners.......
That's the way it would work, but the language "a public official or any individual" could be reversed. If a public official sued a citizen for libel because he didn't like a protest or editorial, it reads as if an upstanding judge could award treble damages to the non-official individual if he chose.
Yep. It’s to protect ACORN.
Michigan might as well stop the pretense that it’s trying to attract businesses and spur the economy. No one will want to live here.
It’s step one of reimplementing land seizures and another door through which assessments can be raised.