Freedom-of-speech on public issues at stake

Apr 22, 14

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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...

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Appeals Court upholds Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli goods

Apr 07, 14

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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. Read more from the Olympian here: read more

Two new potential SLAPPs that show the need for federal anti-SLAPP legislation

Apr 01, 14

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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...

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5th Circuit: Law firm sued for libel over website seeking clients isn’t protected by SLAPP statute

Mar 21, 14

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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...

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Public hearing scheduled for PA proposed anti-SLAPP legislation

Mar 14, 14

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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...

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