Comprehensive Anti-SLAPP Law Takes Effect in the District of Columbia

May 03, 11

The Anti-SLAPP Act of 2010, which was passed by the Council of the District of Columbia in December of 2010, took effect on March 31, 2011. The new law provides some of the strongest protections in the nation for SLAPP victims. The law protects citizens of the District of Columbia who petition their government or speak out on matters public interest. The law provides a defendant who is the target of a SLAPP with the right to file a special motion to dismiss, which stays discovery. If the motion is granted the defendant can recover attorney fees and costs. Furthermore, a person whose personally identifying information is sought, pursuant to a discovery order, request, or subpoena, in connection with a claim arising from an act in furtherance of the right of advocacy on issues of public interest, may make a special motion to quash the discovery order, request, or subpoena. Further information about the law can be found here.

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