In a matter that will have sweeping freedom-of-speech ramifications, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a crucial hearing on Tuesday on a bill that will bar the prosecution of individuals or organizations for making statements on public issues. The bill will address the merits of so-called SLAPP – Strategic...read more
The state Court of Appeals has affirmed an Olympia judge’s ruling that a lawsuit seeking to end the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli goods was an illegal “strategic lawsuit against public participation” or SLAPP lawsuit.
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Federal anti-SLAPP legislation supporter Mike Masnick at techdirt wrote about two potential SLAPPs last week. Both show the need for federal anti-SLAPP legislation, as Ohio does not have an anti-SLAPP law and New York’s anti-SLAPP law is notoriously weak. Read more from techdirt here: 1) Property Management Company Filed...read more
Agreeing with a trial court that statements made by a Texas law firm on a website seeking legal clients are commercial speech, a federal appeals court has ruled that the firm and two partners must defend a defamation claim made by a national dental firm that was an intended litigation target. Mauze & Bagby argued that the...read more
A lawmaker from southeastern Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that a hearing to address his proposed anti-SLAPP legislation would take place this spring. State Sen. Larry Farnese, a Democrat from Philadelphia, stated that the Senate Judiciary Committee would hold a public hearing on April 24 at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s...read more