UPDATE, 12/15, 7a:The Chicago Sun-Times covered the story on December 13.
[HT: reader Susie A.]
UPDATE, 1p: Read the libelous open letter PP ran in the Daily Herald here.
I reported in September 2007 that Eric and Joe Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League were filing a $7.5 million lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Chicago and its CEO Steve Trombley.
Attempting to change public opinion after they lied their way into Aurora with a mega-abortion mill, PP/Trombley placed an open letter in the Chicago Daily Herald on September 7, 2007, accusing anti-abortion activists opposing PP’s mill of having a history of violent behavior….
Yesterday, Circuit Court Judge Judy Brawka upheld 2 counts of slander and libel related to that ad.
Brawka had previously dismissed other counts based on a hastily passed bill in 2007 in the IL General Assembly called the Citizens Participation Act that was supposedly intended to protect citizens from frivolous lawsuits for exercising free speech.
Yet only one week after Gov. Blagojevich signed that bill into law PP/Trombley wrote the letter and then used CPA for the opposite reason intended. Here we had a billion dollar business attempting to trample the little guys by demanding not only that the suit be dismissed but that it be reimbursed over $300k in legal fees.
The bill sat on Gov. Blagojevich’s desk for two months before he signed it. The timing is curious. Bearing in mind this week’s revelations of Blagojevich’s vast pay-to-play schemes, I would not be at all surprised to see here another example.
Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit against PP/Trombley. Brejcha previously won two Supreme Court decisions in the NOW vs. Scheidler case, of which PP was also a part.
Brejcha said in a statement yesterday he will “litigate the two counts that were sustained all the way to final judgment against PP” as well as appeal the dismissed charges.