Are Anti-‘SLAPP’ Statutes Toothless In Federal Courts?

From Cory Andrews at Forbes: As the Internet increasingly has become the dominant means of conveying both facts and opinions, the number of defamation and other speech-related lawsuits filed in state and federal courts has risen markedly. Responding to what some lawmakers characterize as “strategic lawsuits against public...

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Good News: Nevada’s Strong Anti-SLAPP Law Is Constitutional

Feb 06, 17

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From Mike Masnick at Techdirt: For many, many years we’ve talked about the importance of strong anti-SLAPP laws. In case you’re new to the subject, SLAPP stands for a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. In short, SLAPP suits are lawsuits where it is fairly obvious that the intent of the lawsuits is to stifle...

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Protecting free expression for Virginians: it’s common sense

PPP Policy Director Evan Mascagni published an op-ed in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch advocating for anti-SLAPP legislation in Virginia: “Perhaps no person in the history of American politics has framed the importance of advocating for individual liberties better than Thomas Paine, one of our nation’s Founding...

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President Obama signs the Consumer Review Fairness Act into law

Dec 20, 16

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The statute prevents companies from punishing customers for poor reviews. President Obama signed a number of bills into law on Thursday, most notably H.R. 5111, the “Consumer...

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Big Olive Oil Accuses Dr. Oz Of Disparagement

The “Dr. Oz effect” usually refers to the popular talk show host’s ability to turn unproven “miracle cures” and weight loss fads into instant successes, but fortunes can swing the other way when the Great and Doctorful Oz says not-nice things about a product. The North American Olive Oil Association filed a lawsuit on...

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Bill Outlawing “Gag Clauses” That Punish Customers For Writing Negative Reviews Goes To President

After more than a year of waiting, Congress has finally okayed a piece of legislation that, if signed by the president, will stop companies from using so-called “non-disparagement” or “gag” clauses to prevent or discourage customers from writing honest reviews. The Consumer Review Freedom Act gives the Federal Trade...

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