Justices Let 'Malice' Verdict Stand Against Environmentalist

By Nathan Hale (January 11, 2021, 6:30 PM EST) -- A prominent Florida environmentalist is on the hook for a $4.4 million verdict after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear her appeal in a lawsuit stemming from her opposition to a limestone mining and water treatment project in Martin County.

In her petition, Maggy Hurchalla had told the high court that the underlying decision from Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal upholding the jury verdict impinges on First Amendment free speech and petition rights and will undermine public debate, but the property owners, Lake Point Phase I LLC and Lake Point Phase II LLC, contested her description of her...

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