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Defamation Lawsuit Resurrected

(Indianapolis, IN) - A lawsuit against the city of Michigan City, Indiana, has been brought back to life. The defamation of character lawsuit was filed in 2019 by La Porte County Prosecutor John Lake.


Lake claims then-Mayor Ron Meer falsely accused him of targeting his family for political reasons when his stepson was arrested on drug-related charges just before the election.


A few months ago, a Starke County judge dismissed the case, ruling Lake did not give a clear reason on why he should be awarded damages. However, the Indiana Court of Appeals yesterday reinstated the lawsuit.


The appellate judges said the complaint was sufficient to be decided by a judge or jury. The lawsuit will be reconsidered now in a Starke County courtroom.

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