Legal Corner: Defending Free Speech Through Anti-SLAPP Laws

Feb 28, 13

Kevin Goldberg, PPP Board member and special counsel at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C., recently published an article for the Association of Alternative News Media discussing anti-SLAPP laws.

“AAN members are probably familiar with the term “SLAPP” lawsuit, if for no other reason than the infamous lawsuit filed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder against one of our own, Washington City Paper. The term “SLAPP” stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. It’s a lawsuit filed simply for the purpose of shutting someone up. It’s seen most often nowadays in the consumer review context: someone posts a bad review to Yelp about a company and the company sues them for defamation even though there’s no real case, because the company knows the person will capitulate and remove the review.”

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