MacDonald v. Paton, No. ______ (Mass. Super., Worcester filed Sept. 14, 1999).
Status: Dismissed
Plaintiff Mark A. MacDonald, at the time a town selectman in Athol, Mass. sued the operator of a local website who posted a satirical “definition” in the "First Dictionary of Athonics" section of her site which implied that MacDonald was a Nazi. The defendant moved to have the case dismissed under Massachusetts’ anti-SLAPP statute. The trial court denied the motion, but on appeal the Court of Appeals reversed and granted the motion.

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