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"It's like a bad dream," House Speaker says of Todd Courser's $160 million lawsuit

Former lawmaker Todd Courser
Rick Pluta
Former lawmaker Todd Courser

Todd Courser’s 182-page lawsuitis “like a bad dream that won’t go away,” says State House Speaker Kevin Cotter.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Courser hasn’t moved on with his life,” Cotter said Monday on Stateside. “But as we saw last week, with the filing of this ridiculous lawsuit, apparently he hasn’t. Unfortunately, additional taxpayer resources will be spent to defend against a very frivolous lawsuit.

Courser, the disgraced former lawmaker who resigned after a sex scandal, is seeking more than $100 million in restitution. 

And he’s suing a long list of people: former staffers, The Detroit News, the Michigan State Police, and the Radisson Hotel where he conducted an extramarital affair. Speaker Cotter is also named in the suit. 

Courser’s lawyer, Matthew DePerno, says Courser was the victim of illegal wiretapping and a political conspiracy.

“You can’t put your head in the sand when there is this much political corruption going on,” DePerno says. “These representatives all know that they can’t cross Kevin Cotter…. I think the voters and taxpayers in this state should be absolutely outraged when they read what they read in this lawsuit.”

Asked if he believes the average voter will read the 182-page lawsuit, Deperno says, “I would sure hope so.” 

Courser, meanwhile, is still facing criminal charges. Deperno says they are "baseless." 

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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