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 participation” (SLAPP)—suits aimed at suppressing legitimate speech or public debate through imposing the financial burdens of litigation—many states have enacted so-called anti-SLAPP statutes. One characteristic feature of all anti-SLAPP statutes is that they provide an expedited mechanism whereby a defendant can have a qualifying SLAPP suit dismissed quickly.
Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/wlf/2017/02/24/are-anti-slapp-statutes-toothless-in-federal-courts/#4ff948184a2c