When Abe Atiyeh dared question his government about the constitutionality of the NIZ, he was hit almost immediately with a $50 million countersuit by Allentown. It was a SLAPP suit, obviously designed to keep him in his place and to deter others from exercising their constitutional right to question their own government.
Instead of defending the First Amendment, the Morning Call piled on. Atiyeh was caricatured by a picture with him in a wooden hat, , and columnist Bill White lampooned him, too.
Allentown has just withdrawn a countersuit that should never have been filed in the first place.