DC Appeals Court Says Anti-SLAPP Laws Shouldn’t Apply In Federal Courts

May 01, 15

We’ve discussed for quite some time the importance of anti-SLAPP laws, and how it’s ridiculous that we don’t have a federal anti-SLAPP law. Once again, anti-SLAPP laws are used to toss out bogus lawsuits that were clearly filed for the sake of silencing someone’s speech (SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”). Right now only some states have them, and there are many variations in the various state laws, with some much better than others. Unfortunately, a new ruling in the DC Circuit appeals court may makestate anti-SLAPP laws much less effective. That’s because it says, more or less, that state anti-SLAPP laws only apply to cases in state/local courts, and not those that are in federal court (such as any case between two parties in different states).

More from our friends at Techdirt here: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150424/17283130786/dc-appeals-court-says-anti-slapp-laws-shouldnt-apply-federal-courts.shtml

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