PPP Board Member Josh King Discusses the Benefits of Ethical Blogging

May 09, 13

Josh King, PPP Board Member and Vice President of Business Development & General Counsel at Avvo, recently wrote an article for Law.com, “Reaping the Benefits of Ethical Blogging”, where, amongst other things, he discussed the importance of anti-SLAPP laws:

“7. Anti-SLAPP laws are here to help. Some would-be bloggers are concerned that the subjects they choose to write about may expose them to defamation lawsuits from thin-skinned public officials, businesses or organization leaders. While there’s no question that the threat of SLAPP, or strategic lawsuits against public participation, suits, or suits designed to bully the target into keeping his or her mouth shut are a barrier to full and effective exercise of First Amendment rights, a growing number of jurisdictions are enacting anti-SLAPP laws. The best of these laws, including those found in California, Washington, Texas and Washington, D.C., allow the defendant targeted by a SLAPP to bring an immediate motion to strike the complaint. If the plaintiff can’t make a prima facie showing at that time, the complaint is dismissed and the defendant is awarded attorney fees (and in Washington, a mandatory $10,000 fine). Such laws provide a powerful disincentive to bring of meritless defamation cases.”

Read the full article here: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202599337962&Reaping_the_Benefits_of_Ethical_Blogging&slreturn=20130409135544

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