D.C.’s Anti-SLAPP Law Sees New Challenge In Court

Nov 07, 11

“WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s anti-SLAPP statute is back in action.

The withdrawal of Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s defamation lawsuit against Washington City Paper left D.C.’s new anti-SLAPP law, a staute that allows defendants to file special motions to dismiss lawsuits designed to keep them from exercising their First Amendment rights, untested in the courts.

Snyder’s attorneys, before his lawsuit was withdrawn in September, had argued that the law was invalid under D.C.’s Home Rule Act. The American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital had filed an amicus brief arguing otherwise, and D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan was poised to file his own brief in favor of the law when Snyder dismissed his suit, leaving up in the air the question of what a court would do when presented with this issue.

It’s coming up again: A new challenge has been brought by 3M, maker of Scotchgard, Scotch Tape, Post-In Notes, and thousands of other products.”

To read more from the Huffington Post, click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/04/another-challenge-to-dcs-_n_1076315.html

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