Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters v. Jursich

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2012 IL App (1st) 113279
Decision Date: 
February 22, 2013
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co., 6th Div.
Justice: 
HALL
Holding: 
Affirmed.
Court properly denied motion to dismiss Defendants' counterclaim for defamation filed pursuant to Illinois Citizen Participation Act, as Defendants failed to demonstrate affirmatively that counterclaim was retaliatory and thus a SLAPP lawsuit. Court's finding that counterclaim stated a potentially viable cause of action and time and damages evidence do not support inference that it was filed to deter Defendants from exercising their right to free speech or to proceed with suit. (LAMPKIN and REYES, concurring.)